Editor Andrew Arnott
Andrew studied Literature and Sociology at UCT before setting off on a global trek that saw him working under the seas of the Caribbean, on the snow covered slopes of the Canadian Rockies and writing for a variety of financial and travel institutions. Now at home in Cape Town, Andrew’s passions for wine and writing are married on this blog.
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What’s Not to Love About Pinot Noir Posted on February 11 2019 by
There’s really only one wine that embodies the unfathomable mystery that is romantic love.
Amorous, succulent and fleshy with a voluptuous perfume, no other red is as silky or seductive as Pinot Noir. It has aromas similar to human or animal pheromones and its colour’s a garnet red blush. When it comes to sexy, Pinot noir owns it!
Pinot Noir is an enchanting wine variety with a quirky personality, part of the fanaticism around this varietal stems from the challenge farmers experience growing it and winemakers face producing it. Pinot Noir is particular, sensitive and allows little room for error, it needs special care and attention and growing this fruit is more courtship than cultivation. Turing the grape into a wine offers no respite from the fastidious care as delicacy and capriciousness require attention and charisma. It’s not easy, but the best things never are and success offers soulful passion and transcendent beauty that quickly dispels any hardship.
We’ve taken time to understand and appreciate what the Pinot Noir grape is and how it deserves to be treated. Our Fiona Pinot Noir is an expression of that understanding, it is an act of dedication and a declaration of love.
A solid garnet colour with rosy edges make this wine a stunner from the word go.
There is an explosion of mulberry, thyme and violets on the nose surrounded by smoky and earthy richness.
Layers of plum, Chanter Elle mushrooms and dark chocolate fills the palate. The wine show tremendous complexity and the finish are lingering and sumptuous.
Pinot Noir and duck are a sure fire bet, the fatty duck is chaperoned to marvellous heights by Pinot Noir’s acidity and freshness, a spiced duck with confit ragù or duck breast with pomegranate-citrus glaze are memorable pairings.
Pinot Noir also loves mushrooms, the wilder, the better. Roast them with herbs and dress them up with a little cream or garlic topped with a poached egg.