Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. 
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  1. Online Tasting Pack - 2Nd Of July American Tasting
    • Brand Online Wine Tastings
    Online Tasting Pack - 2Nd Of July American Tasting
    $273.99 per ticket
    This pack contains a bottle of 4 different wines (2 half bottles and 2 full bottles) to be opened during an online tasting held on the 2nd of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a series of online, interactive tastings so you can still get to try wines while keeping safe, healthy and at home. Join us for this online Independence Day tasting (well almost, the 4th is 2 days later!), which will showcase the variety of styles and grapes that come from the United States of America. This tasting will be held by the United Cellars team, alongside Pierre Pattieu, a Master Sommelier student and Specialist in USA wines. We'll taste 4 different varieties across a multitude of regions to learn more about the wines of the United States. This tasting will be done completely online, and questions are definitely encouraged. You can use your phone or laptop, you do not need a camera or microphone to take part.
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  2. Online Tasting Pack - Meet the Maker: Ricky Ponting May 19th, 6:30pm AEST
    • Brand Ponting Wines
    • Wine Type Mixed
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Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.

 

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