July 20, 2022 | By RJS Craft Winemaking
Pinot Noir, the world’s most popular light-bodied red wine, is adored for its red-berry fruit, freshness, and spicy aromas. It gets its name from the French for “pine” and “black,” and is a great entry point for those new to red wines.
Complex and earthy, Pinot Noir has a primary flavour profile consisting of cherry, raspberry, clove, and mushroom. This thin-skinned grape is grown in the same climate as Chardonnay and is one of the few red grapes that are used to produce red, white, rosé, and sparkling wine – how fascinating is that! When made into wine, Pinot Noir is pale or almost translucent in colour and serving a glass slightly chilled, will boost this wine’s wonderful aromatics!
In terms of wine and food, Pinot Noir is certainly a varietal that pairs-with-any-food type.
Since it’s light-bodied, you can enjoy a glass alongside a delicate piece of salmon, and yet, it’s sophisticated enough to stand up to rich dishes, including roast duck. This versatility as it relates to food pairing comes from Pinot Noir’s high acidity and lower tannin levels. Whether you’re serving chicken, pork, or mushroom-based dishes, this popular red will shine and complement almost any meal on your table.
This month marks a special wine holiday! August 18th is Pinot Noir Day and if you’re looking to celebrate this sensational varietal, we have a fantastic recommendation: En Primeur Australia Pinot Noir. An elegant wine bursting with flavours of ripe black cherries, red berry fruits, and delicate spice on the palate, balanced with delightful oak. This dry, medium-bodied Pinot Noir thrives alongside sweet onions and red bell peppers, wild mushroom bruschetta, and of course, grilled salmon.
Craft your perfect Pinot Noir this month to pair with any mealtime plans or celebratory moments – we can help!