Grape of the Month: Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is famous in Burgundy where it produces some fantastic and very expensive Premier and Grand Crus. New Zealand and Australia are making some wonderful Pinots.
In the latest issue of On the Vine, the Panel recommends the 2014 Urlar Pinot Noir from Gladstone in New Zealand. Gladstone is a sub region in the Wellington region on the southern tip of the North Island. Urlar is a family owned winery that believe in ensuring environmental sustainability while making their wines. This involves using composts and liquid manures as well as adding more plant bio diversity through inter-row crops. The name ‘Urlar’ is a Gaelic word meaning “The Earth” and once you start reading more about their philosophy and tasting their wines, the name makes sense.
The owners are Angus and Davina Thomson who come from Scotland and are actually fifth generation farmers with a family history in whisky distilling. Across their 31 hectare vineyard they can produce about 15,000 cases a year of single vineyard wines.
Another great Pinot recommended is the 2015 Hurley Vineyard Estate from Balnarring on the eastern edge of Mornington Peninsula. It is very much cool climate here, at the vineyard. It is at 90 metres altitude in the sub-region formed by Balnarring and Merricks with about 750 mm of rain yearly, almost half during the growing season. They don’t irrigate the lower yielding vines and aim to express the soil and place of origin.
The vineyard is owned by, Kevin Bell (winemaker and viticulturist) and Tricia Byrnes (business manager and harvest chef). They met through a love of wine and planted the vineyard just under 20 years ago, in 1998 and 1999. They really love Pinots, Hurley Vineyard specialises in this grape and you can tell by their wines. We adore this Pinot in the latest issue of On the Vine.
As we say on our blackboard, Pinot Noir is very much a wise transition from big winter reds to lighter reds. Pinot Noir is perfect for our weather! Pair with crayfish, oil-based pastas, poultry and serve warm or chilled!
Call us to order or drop in and see us. If you buy any six, it’s 10%, see On the Vine issue for exact costs!
Click here to read more Pinots which we wrote about on our blog in August here.