Notoriously hard to grow, Pinot Noir has developed a bit of a reputation as the most challenging of all Grape variety.
Taking into account the fact that Pinot not only plays a huge role in the production of Premium Champagnes but also that in its home region of Burgundy it produces some of the priciest and certainly most romanticised red wines in the world, it’s easy see why this variety has been responsible for no small amount of wine-fanaticism or even wine-snobbery over the years.
This is wonderfully illustrated by the quote below from Paul Giamatti’s character Miles in the movie ‘Sideways’:
“Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavours, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet.”
All of this obsessive devotion to Pinot can be a bit intimidating for some, so to dispel any such worries and to introduce the wines I want to talk about today, I am going with a slightly different cinematic quote, this time from Heath Ledger’s Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’
“Why so Serious?”
You see Pinot doesn’t have to be hard work, in fact it is possible to make fruity, fun and accessible wines from this Diva of the grape-growing world.
So I urge you to put those prejudices aside and try one of the delicious examples below.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, Pino Pino Frizzante is a refreshing Prosecco-style sparkler which has delicious pear & citrus fruit along with some light peach notes and a crisp clean finish.
Petit Bourgeois Rosé is made by a top Sancerre-producer, Henri Bourgeois but from Pinot Noir vineyards, it has wonderful, mouth-watering red-berried fruit and is deliciously crisp and dry making it an ideal choice for sipping in the sun this Summer.
From the cool-climate Leyda Valley, the extremely elegant Leyda Pinot Noir Reserva showcases red berry fruit together with spice and floral notes. On the palate it has exceptionally well-balanced acidity and tannins. This wine is the perfect entry point to the red wines of Pinot Noir and is incredibly versatile and food-friendly, working well with everything from Seared Tuna to char-grilled Lamb Cutlets.