Australian Pinot Noir


Can Pinot Noir from different regions in Australia taste different?

 Pinot Noir is a black grape variety, and is among the oldest French grapes; however, the variety is now grown across many international regions. It’s believed that in 1788 the first cutting of Pinot Noir arrived in Australia, brought by James Busby and established in Hunter Valley in the early 1880’s.

 The grape has been planted in different sites and regions around Australia, but the variety shows the best expression in the cooler sites. This is because Pinot Noir is a short-cycle grape, meaning it ripens quickly. When it’s planted in a cool climate, the grapes ripen more slowly, lengthening the time on the vine and concentrating the sugars & flavours while maintaining natural acidity, thus bringing elegance and finesse to the final wines.

 Some regions with cooler influences in Australia are Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania, etc. Wines from these regions are usually lower in alcohol, giving the perception that the fruit is fresher and more elegant, and leading you to conclude the wine has a light to medium structure.

 Why does Pinot Noir from different cooler sites and wine regions in Australia taste different?

 The answer to this question, is that fancy French word “terroir”, which encompasses the complete growing conditions - soils, climates, aspect, wine production techniques, etc. Different locations, means different growing conditions, resulting in wines with different personalities and characteristics. Australia has a great diversity of soils and climates, producing a range of different styles, influenced by region and exciting winemaking techniques, precisely the reason why Clutch Wines have put together this “Aussie Pinot Noir Pack” – 4 wines from different wine regions in south-eastern Australia, to showcase the best expression of this grape variety for you.

 2021 Konpira Maru 'Over and Over' Pinot Noir

Grapes for this wine are sourced from the lofty Eminence Vineyard on the Whitlands Plateau (850m), a high-altitude ridge that runs above the western side of the King Valley in north-east Victoria.

The King Valley Pinot Noir that we selected for you is showing a range of flavours and sensations, from ripe red cherries and strawberries to spices, along with smooth tannins, a refreshing acidity and persistent flavours.

 2020 Ashton Hills Pinot Noir Piccadilly Valley

 We found one of the best examples of Pinot Noir in the Adelaide Hills in the Piccadilly Valley subregion. This wine is showing a great concentration of fruit and an intensity that enhances the aromas and structure of the final wine.

 This Ashton Hills Pinot Noir has lifted aromas of red currants, raspberries, fresh rosemary and rose with fine tannins and a smooth texture with a long, savoury finish.

2021 Moorak Wines Pinot Noir

 Grapes for this wine were sourced from Yacca Paddock Vineyards, located in the Kuitpo subregion of the Adelaide Hills, a subregion that produces more earthy and savoury Pinot Noirs.

 We chose this wine to represent the brightest style of the four wines in the Aussie Pinot Noir Pack, it is a vibrant and refreshing wine with predominant flavours of beetroot, red plums, sour cherry and wet leaves with silky tannins and a lighter body.

 2021 Jumping Juice Pinot Noir

 This wine is from the Mornington Peninsula wine region, a hilly region, situated between Port Philip Bay and Western Port Bay which receives the cooling influences both the altitude and the bays.

 The focus of Patrick Sullivan and Xavier Goodridge is making high-quality, lo-fi wines from top quality fruit. This wine is displaying flavours and aromas of cranberries, pomegranate and white pepper, with juicy, ripe tannins and a firm structure on the palate.

 What about food matching?

 Australian Pinot Noir is delicate and food-friendly, so once you receive your Aussie Pinot Noir Pack, is time to think what you can match these wines with. Our suggestions are Grilled Salmon or Chicken; a Cheese platter with Comté, Brie cheese, pâté and cured meats; or the most famous pairing ever - Pinot Noir and Duck!

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