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Pinot Noir makes some of the world's greatest wines - in fact, it's the principal red grape in the famed vineyards of Burgundy and Champagne.
Notoriously difficult to grow well, it's not the most widely planted variety. However, some New World regions, particularly Oregon in the USA and Central Otago in New Zealand, are producing some spectacular examples. One in three bottles of Pinot Noir enjoyed in Australia now come from New Zealand.
Being thin-skinned, Pinot Noir makes a noticeably pale wine, but one with intense perfume and flavor. When young, its aromas range from freshly crushed raspberries or strawberries to plum jam. With age, Pinot Noir often shows violets, game or truffles.
When destined to be a still red wine, it is rarely blended. In Champagne though, it's often blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier to give the world's finest sparkling wines.
Satin-textured with ethereal notes of strawberry, raspberry and black cherry
Laetitia Estate, William Knuttel, Flynn Vineyard, Maison Roche de Bellene, Forrest Estate, Beaton Track
Burgundy, Champagne, Central Otago, Marlborough, Sonoma, Oregon, Casablanca
Pinot Nero, Pineau, Spätburgunder, Blauburgunder