Top 6 Pinot Noir (Over $50)


We often think of New Zealand as a young wine country, yes, it's true, but at the same time, New Zealand winemakers have become more experienced, the vines are getting older with more depth of flavours. They are incredibility value for money if you are a serious wine lover, know what you pay for these wines for the same value to what you will get from Burgundy, Oregon or Australia, you'd be a fool not to invest in them.

Rockburn The Art Pinot Noir 2019, a recent release, fruit from Dunstan Foothills. Used 21% whole bunch and matured in old for 14 months with 56% new oak, the wine has immaculate balance, pristine fruit with ethereal velvety tannins and lacy acidity all integrated harmoniously. All good wine should taste great when they are young! This is a prime example. It will mature graciously and develop more tertiary aromas. Wild Earth Reserve Earth and Sky Pinot Noir 2019 is another testimonial of vintage 2019 Pinot Noir, delicate and elegant with supple tannin structure and a long finish.

What a treat was Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2016? A powerful and complex wine shows some really attractive developments. I admire them for releasing 2016 as their current release. The age development on that wine is totally worth it! So does Coxs' Vineyard Gibbston Pinot Noir 2016 and Ostler Caroline's Pinot Noir 2016 from Waitaki. Both show a sense of place, layers of savoury, earthy developments and fineness.

Pisa Range Soli Vero Pinot Noir 2018 is an extremely sexy wine, I don't use 'sexy' in my description a lot because we all have a different standard, but this wine is so alluring, the earthy minerals,  dried herbs and silky palate, makes you want to keep going back.

Hope you enjoy my Top 6 Pinot Noir (Over $50)!


  • Rockburn The Art Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago
  • Pegasus Bay Reserve Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2016, Waipara
  • Coxs’ Vineyard Gibbston Pinot Noir 2016, Central Otago
  • Pisa Range Estate Soli Vero Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago
  • Wild Earth Reserve Earth and Sky Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago
  • Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir 2016, Waitaki Valley

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