If you’re even a little bit into wine you’ve probably noticed Pinot Noir has become one of the hottest drinks in town. Once the secret of the wine elite, over recent years Pinot Noir has skyrocketed to become one of the most popular and engaging wine styles at almost every price point.
Nick Stamford, Managing Director of MW Wines, is not surprised to see the variety commanding the attention it deserves.
“I got bitten by the Pinot Noir bug in the late 90s,” Stamford said. “It’s incredibly captivating, of course the mecca of the variety globally is Burgundy, France, but Aussie producers such as Bindi, Bass Phillip and Yabby Lake are getting global attention and showing different aspects of the variety.”
MW Wines is a wine merchant, specialising in old, rare and fine wine. “Whilst we don’t have a traditional shop on the street, you can visit us at our Collingwood warehouse or browse our selection online. Our team is then able to connect each customer with the styles of wines they’re really into and introduce them to new producers from many wine regions and countries.”
Stamford says those getting into the variety need not be intimidated by the plethora of options; “our approach is to find out what you like and help direct you on your journey, instead of leaving you bombarded by a sea of wine on a shelf.”
So, whether you’re just starting your Pinot Noir journey, or you’re on the search for the next amazing wine to add to your cellar, here are five Pinot Noirs Nick thinks everyone should try at least once in their lifetime.
The key to Bindi’s success is the rock star appeal of winemaker Michael Dhillon. His personal mantra, ‘show me land, not hand, in a wine’, rings true for all wines he makes – striving to show a sense of place and terroir in every bottle. The Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir is a great example of ultra-pure Pinot Noir being produced here in Australia, and the 2012 is ready to drink now or can be put away for another five years.
My pick for affordable Red Burgundy, this is a seductive and earthy Burgundy. The great thing about wines from our Wine Shop is that we have access to the older vintages regular retailers might have sold out of. The 2010 needed six to eight years to really open up, and we’ve done the hard work storing the wine impeccably for seven years so it’s ready to drink now.
This is one you’re going to want to pick up now, to drink later. Gippsland might not have the notoriety of the Yarra Valley or Barossa, but tucked away in this southeastern corner of Australia is the Bass Phillip vineyard, which Robert Parker has attributed to making “brilliant Pinot Noirs, undoubtedly the finest produced in Australia”. This is serious, and seriously age-worthy, Pinot Noir.
We’re starting to really get in to ‘life changing’ Pinot now. Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue is regarded as the greatest estate in Chambolle Musigny. Under 20th generation management, the family has been making wines since 1450. Pure, utterly delicious Burgundy that will benefit from another four years in the cellar. And a little secret of this wine is that it is actually made from the younger vines of the Estate’s Grand Cru Musigny vineyard, one of Burgundies greatest vineyards!
The uber expensive wines of Burgundy are almost fables, tightly held, distributed in minuscule allocations, rarely seen and even more seldom drunk. While it’s easy to get caught up in the Romanee Conti’s, there are plenty of exceptional Grand Cru Burgundies available at more attractive price points. Long considered one of the legends of Burgundy, the 2012 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru is aromatic, powerful and masculine, but with a sense of harmony. Ready to drink in 10 years but will really open up in 20, this is about as good as Pinot Noir gets.
In partnership with MW Wines.