Considered by many winemakers to be the pinnacle of red grapes, due to its elusive nature, intoxicating aromas and unparalleled complexity. Deceptively light in colour, Pinot favours cooler vineyard sites. Outside its spiritual home of Burgundy (France), Australia vies with New Zealand and Oregon USA for best producer.
Like a lighter-bodied style?
Look to the coolest regions for silky, fragrant Pinot Noir. These include Ballarat, Geelong, Gippsland, Henty, Macedon (VIC), Tumbarumba (NSW) and Tasmania. Internationally, try Côte de Beaune Burgundy (FRANCE) or Marlborough (NZ).
Like a fuller-bodied style?
Look for more structured and complex styles with earthy, savoury tannins. Locally, try Adelaide Hills (SA), Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley (VIC). Internationally, try Canterbury, Central Otago, Martinborough (NZ), Oregon (USA) and Côte de Nuits Burgundy (FRANCE).