Finding a home in Australia
The Pinot Noir variety has been in Australia since the early 1800s. It was also one of the varieties brought into Australia by John McArthur in 1817 and by James Busby in the 1830s.
CSIRO Merbein released a vinestock of Pinot Noir in 1971, taken from cuttings first planted at Mount Pleasant in the 1920s. This is referred to as the MV6 (mothervine) clone.
It has taken time for this notoriously difficult grape to find success but it is now thriving in the cooler viticultural regions across the country.