At Swanny Cellars we tend to prefer some vintages from the same producers over other years. The fruit structure, acidity levels, length and flavour profile can vary depending on the weather during the year. Too much rain before harvest can dilute the wines, too much frost can damage the grapes particularly as the skins are thin as it makes them more susceptible to frosts. A grape that ripens early means you don’t want there to be too much heat during this time; there needs to be a balance. Pinot Noir is now grown in a range of countries and the different styles and characteristics as a result are fantastic to taste!
Regions producing cool climate Pinots include the Willamette Valley in Oregon and from California; regions such as Carneros and the Russian River Valley where the fog has a cooling influence on these wines. Other countries producing some interesting Pinots include Germany, New Zealand, Italy, Chile, Argentina, South African and of course here in Australia. And Pinot Noir is also home in region of Champagne, one of the 3 grape varieties used in this Champagne but more about Champagne later!
Last week, Stef’s top Pinots from the Panel all came from cool climate areas.
- Soumah Pinot Noir 2016 (Yarra Valley), $33.99
- Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2014 (Central Otago), $46.99
- Hurley Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2015 (Balnarring Mornington Peninsula), $49.99
There are plenty more great Pinot producing regions from these countries which we will need to include and expand on in future blogs so consider this a taster or an introduction to this delicate and interesting grape variety. Pinot is a grape variety that we see has so much expression and sense of origin. Low tannins with flavour profiles of raspberry, cranberry, cherry, clove, mushroom not to mention notes of vanilla, liquorice, forest floor, leather, caramel; the aromas vary depending on style, winemaker and vintage. We love the flavour profiles and enjoy exploring and tasting different Pinots!