Sunday, 26 February 2017

Pinot Noir - Grapes and Wines from Australia

Introduction
Mostly, Pinot Noir wines are light to medium bodied and exhibit aromas of red and black cherry and show characters of wet leaves and cabbage in cool climate and cherry, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom characters in medium climate.

Pinot noir has its origin in Burgundy region of France in Côte-d'Or.

The grapes form tight clusters shaped like a pine cone and so is its name Pinot Noir, in French meaning pine cone like.

Also Known as Spätburgunder, Blauburgunder and Rulandské modré.

Viticulture
Pinot Noir is terroir-expressive meaning grapes produces characters which are different from region to region.

Found in tight clusters which result in few viticulture hazards like rot.

Its thin skin is prone to attack from fungus and powdery mildew.

The grape is sensitive to frost and the wind and during winemaking, it is sensitive to yeast strains.

Area & Wine Regions
There are about 290,000 acres of Pinot Noir vines around the world. At the top place is France having approx. 75,760 acres and next to it is the United States with approx. 73,600 acres of the area under vines.

Besides Burgundy region of France, major places where it is popular and grown are California’s Central Coast, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, South Africa’s Walker Bay, New Zealand’s Marlborough and Martinborough wine regions and Australia’s Yarra Valley and Tasmania wine regions.

Wine Regions in Australia
Pinot Noir vines can be found various regions in Australia some of which are-
·         Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Beechworth in Victoria
·         South Australia’s Adelaide Hills
·         Great Southern Wine Region of Western Australia

Food Pairing

Goes well with most kinds of food and is also enjoyed solo.

Popularity

In 2004 and starting off 2005, there was a spike in the wine’s demand in U.S.A, New Zealand, Australia and Asia during which it became a highly talked about wine after the release of the movie ‘Sideways’ in which the protagonist is shown to have a fondness towards Pinot Noir wines.

Notable Wines

Some of the notable wines of this grape variety are Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin

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