If wines were personified by movie characters, Pinot Noir would be your Mrs. Robinson—mature and seductive. No wine evokes more sultry descriptions as Pinot Noir, often characterized as having a supple, silky texture and arousing earthy aroma. Sensual summarizations aside, Pinot Noir is considered one of the “founder varieties”. Its exact origins are unknown, but modern genetic study has revealed Pinot to be the parent of countless grape varieties including Chardonnay and Corvina, as well as hundreds of mutations of itself, including Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Flavors and aromas are overwhelmingly fruit-forward—raspberry, plum, rhubarb, pomegranate, and strawberry—with subtle notes of earth and damp leaves. Burgundy, France enjoys the highest acclaim for its Pinot Noir, but this grape is no less renowned in Oregon and California in the U.S. and New Zealand in the southern hemisphere.
Over the past decade or so, Pinot Noir has been growing more and more popular in the grape growing regions of New Zealand. Mostly grown in the southern islands—among the most southern winemaking regions in the world—the cool climate and intense daily temperature shifts provide great conditions for this grape to thrive. New Zealand Pinot Noir tends to be medium-bodied, characterized by ripe fruit and smooth tannins.
Our New Zealand Pinot Noir is fruit-driven with commanding aromas of sweet strawberry and raspberry, along with understated earthy notes and an elegant finish. A dry red wine with a medium body matched by a medium oak character. Flirting with the high end of the alcohol content range at 13.5% by volume.
The VineCo Signature Pinot Noir demands that it be sipped and savored. Do not drink it down like you might a common table wine. Approach with a subtle assuredness like you might if an attractive stranger caught your eye from across the room. Enjoy the deep, captivating flavors as if you’re getting to know this wine for the first time. For a dance at the dinner table, pair off with something that has a touch of spice like Kerala duck curry or Char siu pork.
Pinot Noir, New Zealand