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Pinot Noir

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Difficult to grow, but delightful to drink!

  • Pinot Noir is the most popular red wine grape in New Zealand, accounting for approximately 70% of this country’s vineyard area.
  • It’s originally from Burgundy in north east France.
  • It’s a cool climate grape and ripens early.
  • Is rarely blended with other grapes apart from in high quality sparkling wine.
  • It’s also known as Spatburgunder in Germany

Intense, expressive and fruit driven. 

Pinot Noir is generally a lighter style red wine that's high in acidity and low in tannins making great with lighter meats such as chicken or pork.

Meaning 'pine black' in French, Pinot Noir is grown across the world and dates back to the middle ages. It is notable for its light body and fruit flavours and as much as it's enjoyed among drinkers, growers aren't as fond of it. It grows in clumps and is therefore susceptible to rot and other hazards so be sure to be thankful that Pinot Noir has been able to make it to your glass at all!

Across the world Pinot Noir varies in style. Old World Pinot Noir is structured and comparably more earthy to New World Pinot Noir which often has pronounced red and dark fruits.


Key Flavours

Cherry, Raspberry, Clove, Mushroom, Vanilla, Cranberry

Key Regions

Burgundy France, Oregon USA, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Chile

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