We are sure you will agree that there is something extraordinary about pinot noir. From the legendary taste to the way this delicate grape requires its growing environment to be just-so, pinot noir is loved and revered by wine connoisseurs and winemakers all over the world.
Where many reds are strong-willed and robust, pinot noir takes a more gentle form, tantalising the palette with a lighter, fruit-forward flavour. Blessed with the juicy aromas of red cherries, plums, raspberries and blackberries as well as an earthy, oaky undertone, pinot noir has been known to convert even the most dedicated white wine lovers.
While most pinot noir is on the drier side, you can sometimes find this wine in a sweeter dessert variety which plays up the subtle tastes of vanilla, spice and chocolate that are naturally present. It is also considered one of the most balanced reds as it carries a medium acidity and low to medium tannins.
Pinot noir grapes are perfectly suited to the climate of the Burgundy region of France, a place that is believed by many to produce the absolute best pinot noir wines. Having said this, winemakers have also had excellent successes in growing this notoriously challenging grape in California, New Zealand, Chile, Spain, Germany and Italy.
As with many red wines, pinot noir pairs beautifully with food, and as it is a lighter variety it makes an excellent choice for red and white wine enthusiasts alike. A bottle of pinot noir will become fast friends with practically any meat dish, including grilled salmon, smoked meats, and braised beef. Vegetarians and vegans will be thrilled to learn that this versatile variety is also the perfect complement to rich, meat-free dishes such as lentil curries, and dishes made with aubergine or mushrooms.
The best way to enjoy a pinot noir is to serve at a cellar temperature of around 15 degrees Celsius in a red wine glass. Choose a glass with a wider bell as this will allow all those unique and flavourful aromas to fully form, and will help to ensure every sip is as indulgent as the last.