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 the southern fringes of WA, this large and diverse area has five official sub-regions. Along the coast there is Denmark and Albany which have a maritime climate. Moving north, there is Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River where altitude plays a role reaching up to 300m above sea level. The moderate to cool climate allows for ideal conditions for a diverse range of varietals including Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.