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The Extraordinary World of Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the world’s favorite grape varieties, with 285,000 acres (115,000 hectares) grown worldwide, as of 2018. In its spiritual home, Burgundy, it produces some of the most famous wines in the world, such as Nuits Saint Georges & Vosne Romanee. The small volumes produced of these famous Burgundy appellations has resulted in ever-increasing prices. Fear not intrepid Pinot Noir fans for Burgundy is not your only option. The ever popular Pinot Noir has spread all over the world, with each wine region that adopts it producing a unique expression of the grape variety.

For those who are fans of the fuller bodied styles of Burgundy, such as Gevrey Chambertin, then some of the warmer climate Pinots may well be perfect for you. Locations such as California, South Africa and Australia all produce Pinot Noir in a rounder and fruitier style due to their warmer climates. For those who prefer a lighter, more delicate style of Pinot Noir you can find some fantastic wines in the cooler climates of Germany, where the grape is known as Spatburgunder, as well as in Oregon, Central Otago and Patagonia.

Here are 6 fantastic Pinot Noirs that we recommend from all over the globe to tantalise your taste buds. We are sure that regardless of your Pinot Noir preferences you will find a real treat to suit your palate. Enjoy!

Baden has become the home to some of the best German Pinot Noir vines out there. Wild berries on the nose with a hint of mint, smooth on the palate with lots of light red fruit and a finely spicy character.  Lean and focused.  Balanced with good length - great value Pinot Noir.

With a deep ruby colour, this wine evokes aromas of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels, giving notes of spices, tobacco and cocoa beans. The palate is a rich and medium-bodied with plenty of fruit and a round, ripe, fleshy finish.

An homage to Alfred Hitchcock's love of fine wine and his particular mentions of Burgundy in the films "Notorious" and "Rear Window". This is intense, full style of Pinot Noir filled with lashings of red cherry and dusted with a touch of spice.

Patagonia is fast becoming the go-to place for great value cool climate Pinot Noir. This is elegant, subtle and floral on the nose, it exhibits wild berries, roses, pomegranate, spices and mineral notes, a wonderfully fresh and complex expression of Patagonian Pinot Noir. The finish is phenomenal and seems to go on forever.

Aromas of plum, dark cherry, red liquorice and rosemary on the nose with the addition of raspberry and cassis on the palate. This attractive, understated wine exudes elegance with persistent bright red fruit, fine tannins and enduring freshness. The athletic frame speaks of its 'classic' Bendigo origins, yet its supple and graceful side show a character less often found in the sub-region.

On the nose, black currant and ripe plum, followed by crushed red flowers and clove. The palate opens with intense cherry and cranberry, mixed with a hint of allspice and light notes of oak. The tannins are dusty yet elegant, blending beautifully with the fresh and bright acidity. Texture, balance, and length are all impeccable, making for an incredibly pretty wine.  

 

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