Pinot Noir

Wine Knowledge – Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a red wine of light to medium body and delicate, smooth, rich complexity with earthy aromas. They are less tannic than a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Pinot Noirs exude the flavour of baked cherries, plums, mushrooms, cedar, cigars, and chocolate and are best served with grilled salmon, roast beef, lamb, duck, and mushrooms.

The Pinot Noir grape is historically associated with the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. It is also grown around the New World.

At its’ best, the wine produced is smooth with hints of strawberry and raspberry. If things go wrong it is stale and unspectacular.

The wines are generally lighter coloured than other reds, it can sometimes be used for still Rose wines.


Being an early ripener, it is suited to cooler climates. It is because it can produce outstanding wine that growers persevere with the difficulties of its’ cultivation. Its tight bunches are susceptible to rot, if it overcrops, the juice will be weak and a poor wine results.

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