The medal-winners from the Pinot Noir Masters 2022
We list all the medal winners from this year’s Pinot Noir Masters, including some great-tasting expressions for less than £10, proving that it’s possible to craft palatable, inexpensive wines from this pernickety grape.
IT’S BEEN almost 10 years since we held our first Global Pinot Noir Masters – which sees wines judged without prior knowledge about their source – and yet it has taken until this year ’s competition for me to revise my view of the grape. Known for being hard to manage in the vineyard, it’s a variety requiring special care, responding best to hands-on management, which makes it relatively expensive to grow.
Couple this with its pernickety climatic requirements – like Goldilocks, it prefers something that is neither too hot nor too cold – and Pinot becomes an especially challenging grape from which to make reliably good, affordable wines.
With that in mind, cheap Pinot tends to be a disappointment, either veering towards the thin and green, or heavy and jammy, depending on how it’s handled and where it’s grown. As a result, I’ve felt it’s best to look to other varieties when you’re on a tight budget.
However, this year ’s competition in particular showed me that the style and quality of entry-point Pinot, by which I mean not just less than £15 at retail, but less than £10, is good. Today, it seems you can find a tasty drop for £8-£10 that has Pinot’s appealing sweet red berry fruit and delicate, soft texture.
In other words, when you want a bottle of red, and change from a tenner, you can head to the Pinot section in the shops – or the digital aisles – and find something palatable (even though, in my view, the choice and value is still better when it comes to Grenache).
As for the names to pick, as you can see from the following tables, it’s Romania’s Cramele Recas that produces reliably good, inexpensive Pinot Noir, along with Chile’s Cono Sur, although we also found some excellent examples from other producers in Chile, New Zealand and, a stand-out sample from California’s Trinity Oaks, which, although not stated on the label, has a touch of Syrah in the blend to add a bit more colour and flesh to the wine.
Moving over £10 but staying beneath £15, which is still a low price band for Pinot, we even had as many as four Golds in 2022, an impressive achievement for this grape, which also highlighted the fine value of Pinot hailing from New Zealand – three of them were from Marlborough. Such quality at relatively low prices proves that producers appear to have cracked making fine Pinot on a budget, not only finding suitable sites, but mastering its requirements in the vineyard so the fruit retains its desirable traits, even when yields are quite high.
Further up the price scale, we had many outstanding examples, with my favourites written up over the following pages. Whether they were wines at the lower or upper end of the scale, the Pinots this year were a pleasure to taste, with a fine balance struck between ripe fruit and fresh acid. For the most part, the wines had an appealing weight to them, neither too light, nor heavy, and tannic. Finally, there were far fewer ‘reduced’ Pinots compared with past competitions.
There’s a reason people love Pinot Noir, and that’s because it delivers a drinking experience rarely found in a red wine: a mix of sweet berry fruit with a light texture, and a fresh finish. And the medallists this year had those characters, even if the flavours varied according to source area and cellar handling.
If there were one criticism to be made, it was that the riper styles, often the most seductive Pinots, tended to be over 14% ABV – a point at which, with this grape especially, the alcohol tends to be detected on the palate, bringing a burn to the finish, which, for Pinot, should ideally feature nothing other than lingering layers of appealing flavours.
|Winery||Name of Wine||Region||Country||Vinage||Medal|
|Sparkling White Pinot Noir (Blanc de Noirs)|
|U Mes U Fan Tres||Cava 1+1=3 Brut Nature Blanc de Noirs Reserva Familia||Alt Penedès||Spain||NV||Silver|
|Az. Agr. Quaquarini Francesco||OP Pinot Nero Metodo Classico DOCG “Classese”||Lombardy||Italy||2014||Bronze|
|Bertè & Cordini||Cuvée Nero d’Oro||Oltrepò Pavese||Italy||NV||Silver|
|Champagne Gremillet||Blanc de Noirs||Champagne||France||NV||Gold|
|Champagne Collery||Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru||Champagne||France||NV||Silver|
|Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir|
|U Mes U Fan Tres||Cava 1+1=3 Brut Rosé Pinot Noir Reserva Familia||Alt Penedès||Spain||N/V||Bronze|
|U Mes U Fan Tres||Cava Ardea Rara Avis Collection||Alt Penedès||Spain||N/V||Bronze|
|Still Rosé Unoaked Pinot Noir|
|Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg eG||R Pinot Noir Organic Rosé||Rheinlandpfalz||Germany||2020||Silver|
|Wakefield/Taylors Wines||Taylors Pinot Noir Rosé||Adelaide Hills||Australia||2021||Bronze|
|Wakefield/Taylors Wines||Taylor Made Pinot Noir Rosé||Adelaide Hills||Australia||2021||Silver|
|Winery||Name of Wine||Region||Country||Vinage||Medal|
|Unoaked Red Pinot Noir|
|Cramele Recas||Sanziana Pinot Noir||Banat||Romania||2020||Silver|
|Cramele Recas||Sorcova Pinot Noir||Banat||Romania||2020||Silver|
|Heathcote Sub 3||Clava Reserva||Valparaíso||Chile||2021||Silver|
|Cramele Recas||Solevari Pinot Noir||Banat||Romania||2020||Silver|
|Cramele Recas||Regno Recas Pinot Noir||Banat||Romania||2020||Silver|
|Antonin Rodet||Bourgogne Pinot Noir||Burgundy||France||2020||Bronze|
|Gérard Bertrand||Côte des Roses Pinot||Occitanie||France||2020||Silver|
|Moulin de Gassac||Pinot Noir||Languedoc||France||2021||Bronze|
|Bertè & Cordini||Pinot Nero del’Oltrepò Pavese||Oltrepò Pavese||Italy||2019||Silver|
|De Bortoli||Kylie Minogue Collection Pinot Noir||Yarra Valley||Australia||2020||Gold|
|Oaked Red Pinot Noir|
|Trinity Oaks Wines||Pinot Noir||California||USA||2020||Gold|
|Stoneleigh||Stoneleigh Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Silver|
|Santa Carolina||Carolina Reserva||Leyda Valley||Chile||2020||Silver|
|Cono Sur||Organic Pinot Noir||Chile||Chile||2020||Silver|
|Qualia Wine Services||Barramundi Pinot Noir||SE Australia||Australia||2021||Bronze|
|Ménage à Trois Wines||Luscious Pinot Noir||California||USA||2018||Bronze|
|De Bortoli Wines||Rewrite The Rules Pinot Noir||Victoria||Australia||2021||Bronze|
|Tissot & Potel||Côtes du Jura||Jura||France||2020||Bronze|
|Ruppertsberger Weinkeller Hoheburg||Imperial Pinot Noir||Rheinlandpfalz||Germany||2020||Bronze|
|Vipava 1894||Lanthieri||Vipava Valley||Slovenia||2019||Bronze|
|Brancott Estate||Letter Series T Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Gold|
|Cono Sur||20 Barrels||Casablanca Valley||Chile||2019||Gold|
|Marisco Vineyards Ltd||Leefield Station Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Gold|
|Yealands Estate Wines||Yealands Reserve Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Gold|
|Pernod Ricard Winemakers||The Last Shepherd Pinot Noir||Central Otago||New Zealand||2021||Silver|
|Marisco Vineyards||The Ned Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Silver|
|Yealands Estate Wines||Babydoll Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Silver|
|De Bortoli Wines||Regional Reserve PInot Noir||Yarra Valley||Australia||2021||Silver|
|Stoneleigh||Latitude Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Silver|
|De Bortoli Wines||The Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir||Yarra Valley||Australia||2019||Silver|
|De Bortoli Wines||La Boheme Interlude Pinot Noir||Yarra Valley||Australia||2020||Silver|
|Labouré Roi||Bourgogne Pinot Noir||Burgundy||France||2020||Bronze|
|Yealands Estate Wines||Crossings Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Bronze|
|Chamlija||Pinot Noir||Strandja Mountains||Turkey||2019||Bronze|
|Cielo e Terra||Bericanto Pinot Noir||Veneto||Italy||2019||Bronze|
|Robert Mondavi Private Selection||Pinot Noir||California||USA||NV||Bronze|
|Stoneleigh||Rapaura Series Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Bronze|
|Foris Vineyards Winery||Foris Pinot Noir||Rogue Valley||USA||2019||Bronze|
|te Pa||Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2021||Master|
|Marisco Vineyards||The Kings Wrath Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Gold|
|Via Wines||Chilensis Signature Series Pinot Noir||Casablanca||Chile||2019||Gold|
|Concha y Toro||Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir||Limarí Valley||Chile||2020||Gold|
|Maude Wines||Botham 78 Series Pinot Noir||Central Otago||New Zealand||2019||Gold|
|Constellation Brands New Zealand||Kim Crawford New Zealand Pinot Noir||New Zealand||New Zealand||2020||Gold|
|Yealands Estate Wines||Crossings Wild Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Silver|
|The Crossings (Yealands Wine Group)||The Crossings Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Silver|
|Yealands Estate Wines||Single Vineyard Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2020||Silver|
|Viña Casablanca||Nimbus||Casablanca Valley||Chile||2020||Silver|
|Bouchard Aine & Fils||Grand Pavillon Grande Réserve Côtes de Beaune Villages19.9||Burgundy||France||2018||Silver|
|Santolin Wines||Family Reserve||Yarra Valley||Australia||2021||Silver|
|te Pa||Signature Series Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2019||Silver|
|SeaGlass Wine Company||SeaGlass Pinot Noir||Santa Barbara County||USA||2019||Silver|
|Jackson Estate||Vintage Widow Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2018||Silver|
|Gérard Bertrand||Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir||Occitanie||France||2020||Bronze|
|Elgin Vintners||Pinot Noir||Elgin||South Africa||2021||Bronze|
|Via Wines||Oveja Negra Pinot Noir||Casablanca||Chile||2019||Bronze|
|Cavit||Brusafer Pinot Nero DOC Trentino Superiore||Trentino||Italy||2019||Bronze|
|te Pa||Montford Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2021||Bronze|
|Villa Maria||EarthGarden Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2019||Bronze|
|Napa Cellars||Napa Cellars Pinot Noir||Napa Valley||USA||2018||Master|
|Church Road||Grand Reserve Pinot Noir||Central Otago||New Zealand||2019||Gold|
|Kendall-Jackson||Vintners Reserve Pinot Noir||California||USA||2019||Gold|
|La Crema||Monterey Pinot Noir||Monterey||USA||2019||Gold|
|Joel Gott Wines||Oregon Pinot Noir||Willamette Valley||USA||2019||Gold|
|De Bortoli Wines||PHI Pinot Noir||Yarra Valley||Australia||2019||Gold|
|Giant Steps||Yarra Valley Pinot Noir||Yarra Valley||Australia||2020||Gold|
|Carmel Road Winery||Carmel||Monterey||USA||2019||Silver|
|De Bortoli Wines||Riorret The Abbey Pinot Noir||Yarra Valley||Australia||2018||Silver|
|Villa Maria||Reserve Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2019||Silver|
|Invivo & Co||Invivo Michelle’s Pinot Noir||Central Otago||New Zealand||2020||Silver|
|De Bortoli Wines||Riorret Lusatia Park Pinot Noir||Yarra Valley||Australia||2019||Silver|
|Wakefield/Taylors Wines||Taylor Made Pinot Noir||Adelaide Hills||Australia||2021||Silver|
|Cambria Estate Winery||Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir||Santa Maria Valley||USA||2019||Bronze|
|Erath Winery||Pinot Noir||Oregon||USA||2019||Bronze|
|Oaked Red Pinot Noir, continued|
|Winery||Name of Wine||Region||Country||Vinage||Medal|
|Hahn Family Wines||Hahn SLH Pinot Noir||Santa Lucia Highlands||USA||2019||Master|
|Marimar Estate||La Masia Pinot Noir||Russian River Valley||USA||2018||Gold|
|Lethbridge Wines||Estate Pinot Noir||Geelong||Australia||2019||Gold|
|Villa Maria||Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2018||Gold|
|The Prisoner Wine Company||Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir||California||USA||2019||Gold|
|Patz and Hall||Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir||California||USA||2019||Gold|
|Nautilus Estate||Southern Valleys Pinot Noir||Marlborough||New Zealand||2017||Gold|
|Castelfeder||Pinot Nero Riserva Burgum Novum||Alto Adige||Italy||2018||Silver|
|Marimar Estate||Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir||Sonoma Coast||USA||2018||Silver|
|Tapanappa Wines||Definitus Pinot Noir||Southern Fleurieu||Australia||2018||Silver|
|Gérard Bertrand||Aigle Royal Pinot Noir||Occitanie||France||2020||Silver|
|Gran Moraine||Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir||Yamhill Carlton||USA||2018||Silver|
|Conte Vistarino||Pinot Nero Pernice||Lombardy||Italy||2018||Silver|
|Tapanappa Wines||Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir||Southern Fleurieu||Australia||2019||Silver|
|Robert Mondavi Winery||Napa Valley Pinot Noir||California||USA||2019||Bronze|
|Cono Sur||Ocio Pinot Noir||Casablanca Valley||Chile||2019||Gold|
|Patz and Hall||Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir||California||USA||2019||Gold|
|Marimar Estate||Cristina Pinot Noir||Russian River Valley||USA||2018||Silver|
|Château de Pommard||Clos Marey-Monge Monopole||Burgundy||France||2019||Gold|
|Château de Pommard||Clos Marey-Monge 75 Rangs||Burgundy||France||2019||Gold|
Panel chair Jonathan Pedley MW gives his top 10 conclusions from the 2022 competition
1. Sparkling: The trio of cheap sparklers was very ordinary.
2. Rosé: Chapeau to the Germans for picking up a silver medal in the under £10 bracket. The Australians also picked up a silver, but this was a lot more expensive (£20-30 bracket).
3. Unoaked Pinot Noir: The Romanians were the star performers here, with two wines winning Silver medals despite being under £10. The Italians deserve a mention, also getting a Silver but at a higher price point (the £15-£20 bracket).
4. Oaked Pinot Noir Under £10: The plaudits go to New Zealand for outshining the others with a Silver medal.
5. Oaked Pinot Noir £10-£15: New Zealand delivered again, picking up our first Gold of the day.
6. Oaked Pinot Noir £15-£20: There was some good stuff here, and at a sensible price. Yet again New Zealand scored heavily, with a Master and a Gold. Chile picked up the other Gold medal in this section.
7. Oaked Pinot Noir £20-£30: Australia came to the fore in this bracket, with two Golds. However, it was California that bagged the Master.
8. Oaked Pinot Noir £30-£50: Australia and New Zealand shared the honours here, with Golds.
9. Super-Expensive Pinot Noir: I suppose it was only fitting that our final Gold medal went to a Red Burgundy in the £100+ bracket.
10. Which country won? In terms of overall bragging rights, on the day it was a toss-up between wines from New Zealand (Marlborough) and Australia (predominantly Yarra Valley).
About the competition
With high-quality judges and a unique sampling process, The Global Pinot Noir Masters provides a chance for your wines to star.
The 2022 competition was judged on 17 March at The Hippodrome, London, employing experienced judges. The top wines were awarded Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals according to their result, and those expressions that stood out as being outstanding in their field received the ultimate accolade – the title of Pinot Noir Master. This report features the medal winners only.
Please visit The Global Masters website for more information, or, to enter future competitions – giving you the chance to feature online and in print – please call: +44 (0) 20 7803 2420 or email Sophie Raichura at: firstname.lastname@example.org