Pinot Noir – also known as Pinot Nero in Italy and Spatburgunder in Germany – is a cool climate thin-skin old red grape variety that transforms into a very popular wine with a light-to-medium body. It is also one of the varieties used in Champagne, and is sometimes used to produce Rosé.
While Pinot Noir is primarily associated with Burgundy in France, it is also grown around the world, including in New Zealand, the United States of America and the southern states of Australia, which produce some of the best Australian Pinot Noir wines.
Some of the best Pinot Noir in Australia includes:
- Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir – from Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir is a light bodied wine with red berry and dark cherry overtones.
- Pepik Pinot Noir - from Tasmania with its spicy tones, Pepik Pinot Noir makes a great accompaniment for gamey meats and pasta.
- By Farr Pinot Noir – from Geelong in Victoria. Gary Farr is regarded as one of Australia’s best Pinot Noir winemakers producing plump and spicy expressions of the variety.