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Pinot Noir: Red or White?

Pinot Noir is actually a variety of grape and also a wine varietal made completely with such grapes is also known as Pinot Noir. The term comes from the French word for pine (pinot) because the grapes are cultivated in pine cone clusters, and black (noir), a mention of their typically dark hue. Despite the name, a pinot noir is commonly known as a lighter style of wine. 

Pinot Noir can be used to make four various categories of single varietal wine, which means the wine is made from 100% pinot noir grapes. These are red pinot noir, white pinot noir, rosé pinot noir, and sparkling pinot noir. This can also be used in blended wine, like in Champagne, blended rosé, and Sancerre.

Is Pinot Noir Wine a Red or a White Wine?

Pinot Noir is a very diverse style of grape that can be used to produce both red and white wines. Pinot Noir grapes are available in light red and translucent colours because of the water they keep while on the vine. It makes for a nice introduction for those who are new to red wine, too. 

Pinot Noir is most frequently used to produce red wine, however white Pinot Noir wines are available but are less common. White Pinot Noir is richer than other white wines because it is extracted from red wine grapes. It has flavours of baked apple and pear, with zesty notes of orange, ginger and honey. The colour can differ from pale white gold to a deep saffron yellow depending on how it is made.

Let’s have a look at some great Aussie Pinot Noirs. 

McGuigan Single Batch Pinot Noir

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A McGuigan Single Batch Pinot Noir wine parcel is provided with a batch code, split from other batches and handled individually to assure freshness and purity of winemaking. These batch codes are the only permanent and have come to symbolise the brand’s responsibility to always make the wine superior among the others. McGuigan Single Batch Pinot Noir is excellent for pairing with salmon, game, and roast meats.

Tyrrell’s Old Winery Pinot Noir 

Tyrrell’s has been a winemaker in New South Wales for decades. Its Old Winery Pinot Noir has a medium body flavour due to the pinot noir grapes being grown in the region’s warmer NSW climate. With a flourish of oak on the nose and hints of fruity james, this red pinot noir has a spicy element to its fragrance that contrasts its chalky tannins. It’s smooth texture on the palate leaves a clean sensation!

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Jacob’s Creek Reserve Chardonnay Pinot Noir

While Chardonnay is the most grown white grape breed in the world, Pinot Noir is the red wine grape that has more punch. Among Pinot fans and drinkers there’s a kind of fascination for exploring awesome bottles because it is high-strung and complex to cultivate.

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The amusing thing is that where there is Chardonnay, there is normally Pinot Noir. This is because both grapes like identical conditions: cool and fair climates. This Sparkling Jacob’s Creek Reserve Chardonnay Pinot Noir is a superior non-vintage wine produced from premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, featuring classic citrus flavours with a tempting crisp finish. 

Serving Option: An exceptional pairing on a chilly winter’s night with creamy white cheese

Grant Burge Non Vintage Sparkling Blanc Pinot Noir

The Blanc de Noirs is made completely from Pinot Noir grapes, hence the label Blanc de Noirs (a French phrase which means White from Black).This Non-Vintage Blanc Pinot Noirs is a deeply pale gold with a hue of copper. 

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It’s a classic Australian sparkling, with tempting aromas of brioche, cream biscuits, and strawberry fruit. With a fair mouth-filling palate, it possesses flavours of shortbread and exquisite strawberry fruit. The wine has a deliciously creamy mouthfeel, an attractive bead and is offset with natural acidity. This sparkling Blanc de Noirs is well considered as an excellent apéritif and also pairs exquisitely with fine foods. The style is one of elegance and finesse, with balanced flavour and, finally, drinkability.

Non-Vintage Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rose

Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rosé is extracted from fruit grown in the high-rise cool climate province of the Adelaide Hills, Alpine Valley, and Eden Valley. The grapes from these parts make wines with a fresh aroma. Their flavour profiles are blended with high natural acidity and exquisite structure, characteristics that are outstanding for the production of superior sparkling wine.

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Glowing savoury pink in hue, this wine emulates its Pinot Noir influence with luscious red grapes on both the nose and palate. Highlighted by dusky florals and delicious spicy notes, this sparkling rose pinot noir is a treat in spring! 

Try out any of these classic pinot noir wines when you celebrate your day with friends or family, it will be worth trying. Cheers!

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