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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > NEW WORLD: Pinot Noir, Rest of the New World

Winner Details

Pinot Noir: Rest of the New World

2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 6 Bronze: 12 Commended: 8
2015 Gold: 2 Silver: 13 Bronze: 5 Commended: 13


If New Zealand is ‘established’ and North America is ‘high quality but expensive’, the rest of the New World is still rather finding its feet with Pinot. Australia did reasonably well at reasonably fair pricing – but we’d have hoped for a bit more; Chile was as up and down as always; and South Africa was, sadly, a big disappointment. Come on Walker Bay, show us what you can do!

That said, the value for money was rather better in this section than elsewhere and there are some bargains to be had. Not least the ridiculously well-priced offering from Chile’s Señor Pinot, Adolfo Hurtado, at Cono Sur – a wine that, frankly, it’s impossible to dislike.

As a trend watch, San Antonio seems to be enhancing its credentials as a great place for Pinot in Chile. But Maule? I’m not sure anyone saw that coming…

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘What is Chilean Pinot? I have tasted a lot of Chilean Pinot and there hasn’t been a theme.’ Charlie Young, Vinoteca

‘I was more impressed with the lower end of Australia – the easy-drinking wines. The top end were the same price as Oregon or premier cru Côte de Nuit. They didn’t have the complexity to charge that kind of money.’ Tamas Czinki, Northcote

‘I’d take Casablanca over Leyda for its juicy, aromatic and fresh style.’ James Hocking, The Vineyard Group

‘I’d like to have a Chilean Pinot on the list but it doesn’t have to be on. It’s not like Chablis.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘I think screwcap has shot a lot of these [Australian] wines in the foot. They would have been more open and accessible under cork.’ James Fryer, Portland

“I get the impression that the Australians are trying to follow Burgundy, but they need to stick to what they can do well.” Michael Fiducia, Drake’s Restaurant

Award winners

Found 18 wines

New World: Pinot Noir, Rest of the New World

Rathbone Wine Group, Yering Station, Village, Pinot Noir, 2011, Yarra Valley, Victoria , Australia

Gold medal winner Food Match

What a difference a year makes. Silver for this same wine in 2015, and now the excellent balance between dark purple fruits and sweet oak spices gives this not just Gold but a Roast Lamb Food Match Trophy, too. 'It's dark and smoky and quite developed, with cherry liqueur fruit,' said team leader Martin Lam, while Fifteen Cornwall's Elly Owen said: 'Delicate in colour with good earthy notes on the nose, it's cranberry and herbaceous on the palate. Enjoyable and affordable.'

£12.31 Bibendum Wine

Larry Cherubino, Cruel Mistress, Pinot Noir, 2014, Great Southern, Western Australia , Australia

Silver medal winner

'Soft florals, white roses, exceptionally elegant on the nose, with notes of pear,' began Portland's James Fryer, concluding: 'White flowers with strawberry and raspberry juice on the palate with velvety tannins.' 'Juicy and elegant with hints of violets,' said The Cinnamon Club's Laurent Chaniac.

£11.45 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bellvale, Quercus Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2013, Gippsland, Victoria , Australia

Silver medal winner

The judges noted some signs of development here, with Portland's James Fryer commenting: 'Nice animal notes and alcohol forward, dry earthy aromas with some pot pourri herbs. Sour cherry and strawberry juice sweetness on the palate, which is soft and plush.' 'Fantastic balance with good show of spice,' said Bar 44's Owen Morgan.

£15.05 Jascots Wine Merchants

Chilcas, Single Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2014, Casablanca Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

'Nice, ripe, sweet fruit notes on the nose, moderate tannins and well-balanced acidity,' began Bartosz Hilla of Drake's Restaurant, with team leader Simon Woods noting: 'Ripe, gentle floral character, rose hip, clean and honest with a good finish.'

£10.78 Please contact winery for further information

Tolpuddle, Pinot Noir, 2014, Tasmania , Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Bright red fruit aromas, cranberry and strawberry, raspberry and rosehip, with cherries, spices and smooth tannin on the palate, and a hint of pink peppercorn on the finish,' said Northcote's Tamas Czinki. 'White pepper, leather and herbs, with bacon fat hints and some stalky character that sits nicely,' added Portland's James Fryer.

£31.00 Liberty Wines

Casa Valduga, Identidade, Pinot Noir, 2014, Campanha, Brazil , Other

Bronze medal winner

Georgi Mihov of Bohemia Bar and Restaurant found plenty of 'raspberry, spices, pepper and forest fruits' on the nose, noting also its 'medium body and soft tannins', while Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering felt it would be 'very drinkable with the right food'.

£8.50 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Thelema, Sutherland, Pinot Noir, 2013, Elgin , South Africa

Bronze medal winner

'A restrained style, but develops quite nicely with richer, oaky flavours on the palate,' began Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering, continuing: 'A very decent food wine at the price.'

£10.53 Enotria&Coe

Strandveld, First Sighting, Pinot Noir, 2011, Elim , South Africa

Bronze medal winner

While Georgi Mihov of Bohemia Bar and Restaurant found 'leather, black pepper and forest berries' on the nose, Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering noted: 'Real complexity on the palate. Super wine, particularly at this price point.'

£11.06 Enotria&Coe

Veramonte, Ritual, Pinot Noir, 2015, Casablanca Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Spicy, fresh and balanced, a decent savoury note to the palate, with a touch or Oriental spice. An impressive wine,' said James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, while team leader Simon Woods enjoyed its 'simple, black cherry and berry fruit'.

£11.13 Please contact winery for further information

Wakefield, Pinot Noir, 2015, Adelaide Hills, South Australia , Australia

Bronze medal winner

Northcote's Tamas Czinki found 'very bright blue fruits and not much oak' on the nose, with 'young fruit, red and dark cherries' on the palate, while Portland's James Fryer noted 'warmer, slightly stewy fruit, and a nice rich earthiness'.

£8.41 Louis Latour Agencies

Fowles Wine, Are You Game?, Pinot Noir, 2013, Victoria , Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Clay and earth, herbal aromas with dusty cherry, strawberry juice and some lemon verbena, herbal notes,' said Portland's James Fryer, while Northcote's Tamas Czinki also found 'red cherry and dark plum fruit with gentle spices'.

£9.89 Enotria&Coe

Giant Steps, Pinot Noir, 2015, Yarra Valley, Victoria , Australia

Bronze medal winner

Consultant sommelier Emily Bonsor enjoyed this wine's 'pungent eucalyptus nose, lovely depth and complexity on the palate', also noting its 'slightly cooler fruit combined with a vegetal menthol character'.

£14.00 Liberty Wines

Luigi Bosca, Grand, Pinot Noir, La Consulta, 2012, Uco Valley, Mendoza , Argentina

Bronze medal winner

'Showing complexity with some bretty farmyard characters,' began team leader Olivier Marie, going on: 'Savoury palate with liquorice, leather and gamey notes, forest floor and mushroom.'

£13.65 Bancroft Wines

Innocent Bystander , Pinot Noir, 2015, Yarra Valley, Victoria , Australia

Commended medal winner

£10.35 Liberty Wines

Oakridge, Local Vineyard Series, Pinot Noir, 2009, Yarra Valley, Victoria , Australia

Commended medal winner

£17.64 Matthew Clark

Shaw & Smith, Pinot Noir , 2014, Adelaide Hills, South Australia , Australia

Commended medal winner

£20.00 Liberty Wines

Valdivieso, Single Valley Lot, Pinot Noir, 2013, Casablanca Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£10.46 Bibendum Wine

Bouchard Finlayson , Galpin Peak, Pinot Noir , 2013, Walker Bay , South Africa

Commended medal winner