Take Our Pinot Flight Of Three Cool New World Turns
Pinot Noir makes red wines beaming with vibrant fruit and elegance in specific regions where the noble grape can truly thrive. And we’ve picked out the best of them from estates nestled in New Zealand and South Africa. Come, take a Pinot flight with Wine Park.
France’s prized bunch of noble grapes have set out their individual empires across the wine world in the course of the past two centuries, most of them carpeting vast swathes of the new world and turning out millions of cases on the market. One enigmatic exception to this prestigious club is Pinot Noir. The Burgundian grape that is delicate and finicky by nature and thrives in few and specific soils and micro climates became the subject of aspiration and annoyance in equal measure. Some winemakers took up Pinot as a passion pursuit of a lifetime while others couldn’t be bothered, dismissing the grape as they would, an intolerable wine snob. But where Pinot Noir has thrived, the results have been stunning, magnetising oenophiles to the region like pilgrims to the holy grail.
Which, outside of its birthplace of Burgundy has been New Zealand and South Africa where winemakers have through patience and deft work, crafted a style that seals in the grape’s core flavours and pushes the boundary on the style. New Zealand oenologists have led the charge in Central Otago and Marlborough where Pinot is receptive to the amply cool climes, ripening at just the right pace under the sun while using the nocturnal cold to retain hallmark elegance. South Africa’s Elgin Valley has become the touchpoint of earthy and gracefully balanced Pinot Noir. The coolest wine region in the country sits just 4 miles off the Atlantic Ocean with breezy summers and clay soils coupling to produce Pinot Noir wines that ripe and balanced. Both these new world exponents of Pinot Noir have reimagined the stye and gently nudged the grape beyond its shy boundaries towards an exciting diversity of flavour, all of which you can experience on sumptuous Pinot flight, curated from our growing selection of this fascinating wine. Cheers!