Pinot Noir is the second-most-planted grape variety in New Zealand. The cool New Zealand climate and intense UV ray exposure (due to the hole in the ozone layer in that region) result in complex, fruit-driven wines with silky texture and tannins.
We stock some excellent New Zealand Pinot Noir. Read further to learn more about their origins and profiles.
Martinborough is a small town in the South Wairarapa District, an hour's drive north of Wellington. Soil conditions in Wairarapa closely resemble those of Burgundy. Wines are complex and earthy with dark plummy and savoury aromas and are rich in structure.
We recommend Te Hera's Pinot Noir if you would like to sample wines from this region.
New Zealand’s southernmost wine region has vineyards carved into hills, next to gorges and on slopes surrounded by mountain peaks. A short growing season with hot days and cool nights ensures fruit-driven wines with cherry and plum flavours.
Our recommendations for Central Otago wines are by Remarkable and Bannock Brae.
Best known as New Zealand's biggest producer of incredible Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough produces some very good quality Pinot Noir as a result of the hillsides and cool southern valleys.
Fresh with bright red fruit flavours, we would recommend wines by Bladen and The Crossings.
To see which amazing New Zealand Pinot Noir wines Hard to Find Wines has available, read on!
Te Hera is one of a small number of wineries around Martinborough and produces, in our opinion, the best Pinot Noir in the area.
Te Hera Kiritea Pinot Noir 2012
Redcurrant with a hint of strawberries and eucalyptus on the nose. Smooth with vibrant fruit on the palate, layers of dark cherry and tobacco. Fine and elegant with just enough acidity and tannins to provide balance.
Te Hera Reserve Pinot Noir 2014
A refined ruby colour, gentle warmth on the nose coupled with blackcurrants and brambles. Cherries and plums initially on the palate opening to sweeter redcurrant fruit. Drinking now but will improve over the next ten years.
Remarkable Wines produces strikingly fragrant, fruit-driven Pinot Noir from organic vineyards located at Bannockburn and the Gibbston Valley.
Remarkable Gibbston Pinot Noir 2007
Remarkable Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2008
Catherine and Crawford Brown, owners of Bannock Brae, pursue the highest quality wines and over just ten vintages have become New Zealand's most-awarded Pinot Noir producing vineyard.
Bannock Brae Estate Goldfields Pinot Noir 2008
Bannock Brae Estate Barrell Selection Pinot Noir 2008
Dave and Christine Macdonald, owners of Bladen Vineyard, are well-known for their friendly cellar door welcome. Their focus on handcrafting ensures consistent, excellent quality.
Bladen Pinot Rose 2017
Salmon-blush with a pink hue. Lifted red fresh fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry on the nose with fresh herbs adding to the complexity. Juicy watermelon and fresh summer fruits on the palate, with a hint of creaming soda.
Bladen Pinot Noir 2015
Deep-ruby colour. Red cherries and plum, a delicate aniseed and cinnamon note on the nose. Medium-bodied with red fruit flavours, spicy oak and savoury complexity. Gentle tannins and lingering acidity give velvet-like texture and a fine finish.
Located in the Awatere Valley, the vineyard has been part of the Yealands Family wine group since 2011 and is part of the New Zealand sustainable wine-growing programme.
The Crossings Pinot Noir Awatere Valley 2013
The Crossings Pinot Noir Awatere Valley 2014
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