The best Australian Pinot Noir under $40


Let’s face it – 40 bucks won’t get you far these days… You are lucky to get two adult tickets to the cinemas, a fancy moisturiser from a department store or a weekly gym membership for under $40.

Although, fortunately for all you Pinotphiles out there you can still snag a quality bottle of Australian Pinot Noir below this price tag – and we think drinking these top drops with friends is A LOT more fun then heading to that gym class, or a mediocre movie!

Youthful and soft

To get the ball rolling, let us introduce you to the delightfully delicious 2014 Beechworth Pinot Noir by Brokenwood Wines, which you can snap up for $35 a bottle.

This wine is bright in colour with youthful notes and medium density. The soft tannins make for an enjoyable young, vibrant Pinot Noir. The main flavour is cherry, with the oak very much in the background. The red fruit spectrum continues on the palate with a Campari-like flavour that will leave the palate refreshed.

Black cherry and subtle notes

Twenty-fourteen appears to be a good year for Pinot Noir as next we’re off to the Mornington Peninsula to pick up a bottle of the 2014 Port Phillip Balnarring Pinot Noir priced at $38 a bottle.

This Pinot Noir is deep red in colour. Black cherry, liquorice and subtle notes of charcuterie give way to a dense palate loaded with black raspberry and olive flavours. This drop delivers a lengthy finish that is immersed in fine-grained tannin.

Crushed boysenberry and blackberry

For the best Australian Pinot Noir, you can’t go past Tassie, and it’s here that you’ll find a top drop for just $35.95 in Darlymple’s Pinot Noir 2015.

As soon as you see it’s brilliant purple-red colour shining in the glass, this Pinot Noir will have you hooked. We love the aromas of violet, crushed boysenberry and blackberry with hints of roasted cinnamon, clove and green pepper.

Dalrymple’s winemaker, Pete Caldwell, said this Pinot matches perfectly with warm apple pie – another Tassie favourite – and if you’re looking for the perfect recipe, we’ve got it!

Geelong’s shining star

The 2013 Pinot Noir from Barwon Ridge Wines, at $33, scored 94 points by James Halliday in his 2017 Wine Companion.

Mr Halliday said this wine is “grown in the right place and made in the right way, Geelong can do battle with Central Otago.”

“It has exceptional depth and power, overflowing with black cherry and plum fruit that stays resolutely in a true Pinot flavour spectrum. By all means open the bottle now.”

Well if you say so, Mr Halliday.

Real get up and go

The 2014 Long Walk Single Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir by Helen’s Hill Estate also scored 94 points from James Halliday in 2017.

He said the wine, which you can pick up for $35, has an alcohol reading of 12.8% that would suggest it is light – and in appearance this is true.

“In the mouth, though, it has real get up and go, with herb and cherry plum notes striking decisively towards a firm but long finish. Text book shape; the aftertaste is the scene of the action.”

So, whether you need to impress your girlfriend’s parents, are hosting a dinner party, or you simply want a wine to share with your loved one, all of these occasions can be conquered with a high-quality Australian Pinot Noir for under $40.