A closer look at Pinot Noir

There are so many beautiful wines made from Pinot Noir that we could talk about it for hours at Swanny Cellars. Pinot is traditionally home to the cooler regions of the world; Burgundy and Champagne where frost is a real and actual risk. Australia is making some fantastic Pinots in the cooler regions of the Great Southern in WA, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. With its cool climate, long autumn days and mild summers, Tasmania is producing interesting and structured Pinots and is famous for its sparkling wines. You’ll also find Pinot Noir grown where there is the cooling influence of the ocean, fog, rivers. For example in California, the Russian River Valley and Carneros are making stunning Pinots. This grape can also benefit from altitude as some of the Chilean Pinots are reflecting, grown in the foothills of the Andes.

For this thin skinned grape variety, it needs a long ripening period to reach its potential; the tannins and flavour developing over time. Not only is the climate important but the soil and winemaking technique. The cooling influence of the ocean and or altitude plays a role.

One of our favourites this year is the Hoodles Creek Estate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016 so we were pleased to see it featured in James Halliday’s Top 100 reds in the Weekend Australian 4/5 November.

Pinot Noir is one of the 3 grape varieties used in Sparkling and Champagne. Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay are also added to the blend. But more often on the labels you’ll just see Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In the latest issue of On the Vine Sparkling we recommended 4 Sparklings that all contain a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Click here.

Drop in and talk to us about our range of Pinots!

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