Australian and New Zealand Pinot Noir


Wine Australia and New Zealand Winegrowers have teamed up once again in an exclusive virtual collaboration showcasing the unique qualities of our Pinot Noir. Watch the recording to hear Masters of Wine Anne Krebiehl and Peter McCombie host a fascinating discussion of eight regional styles from across our respective countries.
Known as the heartbreak grape due to its notoriously fickle and hard to grow nature, Pinot Noir thrives in Australia and New Zealand, with winemakers crafting unique cool climate expressions.

In this session, you'll take a trip through Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills and Tasmania and New Zealand’s Martinborough, North Canterbury, Marlborough, and Central Otago. You'll find out how Pinot Noir has found success down under. You'll explore the cooling influence of the ocean and altitude, as well as the diversity and impact of soils, climate and winemaking. Offering freshness, beauty and exceptional value, discover why Pinot Noir from these regions shines on the international stage.

Anne and Peter also share their insights and reveal what’s special for them about Antipodean Pinot Noir.

To help tell the story of Antipodean Pinot Noir, Anne and Peter taste the following wines

Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2021, Yarra Valley, Australia
Waipara West Pinot Noir 2018, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 2021, Piccadilly Valley, Australia​
Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2020, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020, Marlborough, New Zealand
Stargazer 'Palisander Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2020, Tasmania, Australia
Burn Cottage 'Moonlight Race' Pinot Noir 2019, Central Otago, New Zealand
Ten Minutes by Tractor 'Coolart Road' Pinot Noir 2019, Mornington Peninsula, Australia


Anne Krebiehl MW

Anne Krebiehl MW who is German-born but London-based, is an editor and a widely published freelance wine writer and lecturer. She currently edits Falstaff Magazine, before that she was the contributing editor for Austria, Alsace, Burgundy and England for US Wine Enthusiast Magazine and wrote for trade and consumer publications like The World of Fine Wine, Decanter and She lectures, particularly on German wine, judges international wine competitions and is a panel chair at the International Wine Challenge. She completed her WSET Diploma in 2010 and was admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine in September 2014. She loves high-acid wines and her work often focuses on Pinot Noir, Riesling and traditional method sparkling wines.


Peter McCombie MW

Peter McCombie has been a Master of Wine for over 25 years and involved in the industry for over three decades. His passion for wine took him from his native New Zealand to London. He discovered wine while working in restaurants in Auckland and London, before selling wines for the ground-breaking agency Winecellars. He is now a freelance consultant for an esoteric range of clients across the wine industry and continues to lecture and talk about wine to professional and consumer audiences.
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