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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.

Pinot Noir

The Grape

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape originally from the Burgundy region in East-Central France. The word “pinot” means pine cone and “noir” means black in French. Historians believe this variety got its name because its small clusters of dark grapes are shaped like a pine cones. Pinot Noir can be difficult to grow because it is sensitive to wind and frost. However, as one of the world’s most popular varieties, it is now grown in cooler wine regions throughout the old and new worlds.

The Wines

The style of wine made from Pinot Noir greatly depends on where the grapes are grown and how the wine maker chooses to make it. Typically Pinot Noir wine tends to be lighter in colour than other red wines and characterized by higher acid levels and low tannins. The flavours and aromas of these wines often include black cherry, red berries, currants and roses, with new world Pinots having more fruit forward characteristics than old world versions.

The Occasions

Pinot Noir is an elegant wine to serve to close friends at an intimate evening gathering. Its smooth flavours and soft tannins will compliment a light meal of Spanish style tapas or a tray of mixed hors d’oeuvres. Pair it with lightly grilled meats or semi-soft cheeses like Edam and Gouda – and impress your guests!

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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En Primeur Winery Series
Pinot Noir
Australia
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Pinot Noir
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Australia Pinot Noir

An elegant wine bursting with flavours of ripe black cherries, red berry fruits, and delicate spice notes on the palate superbly balanced with oak.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Try it with grilled salmon, sweet onions and red bell peppers or wild mushroom bruschetta.

Cru Select
Pinot Noir
California
L | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: L | M | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Pinot Noir
Sweetness Dry
Oak Light
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select California Style Pinot Noir

This New World California style Pinot Noir features a bouquet of rich tobacco and ripe dark cherries. The, hint of oak and velvety tannins on the palate are a pleasant surprise.

Food Pairings

Pairs well with duck breast and pomegranate citrus glaze or pancetta-wrapped grilled turkey.

Cru International
Pinot Noir
British Columbia
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru International
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 5
Varietal Pinot Noir
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru International British Columbia Pinot Noir Style

As one would expect from a BC style Pinot Noir, this wine features aromas of black cherries and fresh strawberries. Silky tannins while subtle notes of pepper and spice round out the palate.

Food Pairings

Tastes great with Mexican enchiladas or Indian green lentil curry.

Grand Cru
Pinot Noir
 
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Grand Cru
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 4
Varietal Pinot Noir
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Grand Cru Pinot Noir Style

The soft texture and dark colour compliment the flavours of berry fruit, with a subtle raspberry undertone. An approachable yet still sophisticated red wine.

Food Pairings

Try with butternut squash soup or chicken, raisins and pine nuts.