New South Wales pinot noir is a bit like the kid in high school who told everyone he was going to be a great singer and got laughed at. But look who’s laughing now? The dark horse of Australian pinot regions, the wines are intricate and flavoursome with great balance and energy. Watch this space, because pinot from NSW is about to be big.

Words by Samantha Payne


Just like your favourite teenage boy band (every generation has one), where every member played a different role and had a different style; this is pinot noir from Orange. Cool-climate fruit gives you different blue- and red-fruited juiciness, along with minerality, acid and weight which all come together to create one cohesive wine style.

Hunter Valley

The original boy band; you might not know it but pinot has been growing in the region since the ‘70s. Unfortunately, most of the old vines have been ripped out, but what pockets remain are producing the most incredible fruit; vibrant, rich and paired perfectly with Shiraz to make the classic Hunter Dry Red.