April Wine Box
Pinot Noir is one of the oldest and most highly regarded grape varieties in the world.
Although its precise origins are still debated –with theories ranging from the Nile Valley in Egypt to Baden, Germany–no one dares refute its spiritual home to be Burgundy.
Here the black skin grape thrives in the cool climate and expresses a kaleidoscope of aromas and flavours depending on the unique terroir it is planted in.
But good- even outstanding- pinot noir can be found all over the world. Some of the most successful regions are in New Zealand, Australia, California, Oregon, Switzerland, Germany, and beyond. Each new region has put their own stamp on the variety, and although Burgundian Pinot Noir is synonymous with high quality, these new styles are also considered fine wines.
Equally fascinating is how the naturally occurring colour mutations over the years have given rise to entirely new members of the Pinot family. Pinot Gris is simply a colour mutation that has occurred several times in several places (most notably in Burgundy and Germany) when it was found growing in gardens and blocks of vineyards and thought to be Pinot Noir. Now it’s a star in its own right – firstly as one of the most popular white wines of Italy where it is called Pinot Grigio, and of course for its Grand Cru status in Alsace, and the new world interpretations from Oregon to New Zealand.
Pinot Blanc on the other hand rarely sees the spotlight, previously mistaken for Chardonnay, its usually used as a workhorse grape to give volume thanks to its more vigorous vines.
In certain regions, however, it does shine confidently, and Austria is a prime example of what top quality Pinot Blanc can offer.
On Wednesday 21st April members are invited to join a Virtual Wine Tasting with a very special guest, winemaker Judith Beck from Burgenland, Austria.
If you would like to repurchase any of these wines come visit the Bottle Shop.
And remember to use your member code to receive 10% off the shop price.