Labels to look for… Pinot Noir

Full immersion in Pinot Noir… Here are my top wines

If you’re feeling jaded because it’s Friday, spare a thought for the 600 wine lovers who spent three days immersed in Pinot Noir  this week.

The full immersion in Pinot Noir was at the capital’s biggest wine event ever – Pinot Noir NZ 2017. It was an outstanding event in terms of connection with people, place and Pinot. And it all ended up in the early hours of this morning at Havana Bar, which ran out of tonic, due to high demand for G&Ts… They say it takes a lot of beer to make great wine but it also takes a little gin and tonic too. And, sometimes even a little  Vermouth, which is what the talented team at Mount Edward Wines in Central Otago are doing with some of their white grapes too.

Labels to look for… My top NZ Pinot Noirs now

This list will be added to. Watch this space for updates.

Central Otago

2014 Brennan Gibbston Pinot Noir $

2014 Chard Farm Mason Vineyard Pinot Noir $74 (Not yet out, look for the 2014 Chard Farm Mata-Au Pinot Noir)

2015 Cloudy Bay Calvert Pinot Noir (certified organic)

2013 Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir $38

2014 Domaine Thomson Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir Rows 1-37 $45

2015 Folding Hill Orchard Block Pinot Noir $65

2015 Ballasalla Pinot Noir $27

2015 Gibbston Valley Le Maitre Pinot Noir $85

2014 Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Pinot Noir (Not yet available, look for the 2013)

2014 Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir

2011 Mount Edward Central Otago Morrison Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014 Wild Earth Special Edition Central Otago Pinot Noir

2014 Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir

North Canterbury

2013 Pegasus Bay Waipara Pinot Noir

2009 Pegasus Bay Waipara Prima Donna Pinot Noir

2015 Black Estate Home Block Pinot Noir



Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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