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P is for Pinot Noir

be. A-Z Guide — Posted 31/07/13

With the chill of winter around us, a glass of red wine in front of a crackling fire is a dreamy way to unwind. In moderation, red wine may decrease heart disease, prevent cancer and strengthen the immune system.

The cool weather, plentiful rain and adequate sunshine in New Zealand provide ideal conditions to grow Pinot Noir grapes and the region consistently produces prized Pinot Noir.

New Zealand Pinot Noir shows the fine tannins and elegance of good Burgundy with the added excitement of vibrant, intense fruit and secondary herbal, spice and game characters.

Distinct regional styles are beginning to emerge from New Zealand. The Wairarapa wines are full-bodied and dense with rich dark plum and chocolate flavours. Marlborough and Nelson show complex, tight structure with bright cherry flavours. Waipara Pinot Noir shows hints of pepper and spice while Central Otago are known for their herbal notes, berry fruit and firm tannins.

Both regions have excellent wine tours, a perfect way to enjoy this beautiful and elegant wine.

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