As the pre-eminent grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has become a global yardstick for premium wine among winemakers and discerning consumers. Pinot is a very demanding grape, but in the right hands, it has a wonderful ability to express the complexities of the local terroir. Now grown around the world—including Australia, New Zealand, America and Germany—the grape produces vastly different wines. Traditionally, though, it is light-bodied and has characters of raspberry, cranberry, truffle, and allspice. Pinot Noir's silky tannins and bright acidity pairs brilliantly with wide-ranging dishes, from pasta and roasted chicken to cheese boards and salads with balsamic vinaigrettes.
On New Zealand’s south island, Central Otago is the most southern wine region in the world. Surrounded by Alps, it is the only region in the country with a semi continental climate. Typically, wines produced from this region are intense and deeply coloured, with sweet spice and darker fruit characteristics. Pinot Noir is perhaps the most famous grape grown in the area.