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Ten reasons to love pinot noir and ten pinot noirs you’ll love. From the New Zealand Herald here <link>

Here are the ten reasons:

“1. TASTE THE PLACE
Pinot noir is the red grape variety which most reflects the place in which it’s grown, or its terroir as it’s known in France. Its sensitivity means that it can be remarkably varied within regions – and in some cases, as in its heartland of Burgundy, even within individual vineyards.

2. IT’S GOT SEX APPEAL
As well its beguiling perfumed dimension, there’s a whiff of the animal about pinot noir with its often gamey and earthy character. One of the most sensual of grape varieties, it gets the guys comparing it to the curves of a woman and the girls high on its vinous pheromones. Phew!

3. EMINENTLY ELEGANT
Power can be confused with quality, which means as a lighter-bodied variety, the subtle charms of pinot noir can often be overlooked. Its strength is in its finesse, and while delicate it can at the same time be amazingly intense. Think Grace Kelly rather than Paris Hilton.

4. INCREASINGLY AFFORDABLE
Being something of a prima donna, requiring labour intensive treatment and low yields to produce decent fruit, pinot noir will never make the cheapest wine. However, as more pinot noir comes on stream in the country there’s now a plethora of lower priced pinots on the market.

5. FEEL THE TASTE
Texture is at the heart of good pinot noir. Silky, velvety, supple – all terms regularly used to describe pinot noir, a variety that’s felt as much as it’s tasted.

6. EXCITING NEW EXAMPLES
As pinot gains momentum in New Zealand, each vintage brings a wave of exciting new wines to our shelves. It may be hard to keep up, but more choice means you should never have to settle for a dull bottle.

7. FOOD FRIENDLY
An affinity with an amazingly wide variety of dishes makes pinot noir one of the most versatile varieties when it comes to pairing with food – from red meats, such as venison and wild boar, though game birds and duck, to meatier fish like salmon.

8. MULTIFACETED
Making complex and multi-layered wines, pinot noir’s effect when tasted has been likened to a peacock’s tail as flavours slowly unfurl across the palate building to a spectacular finish.

9. LOTS OF LOCAL CHOICE
New Zealand is blessed with the cool climates required for pinot noir to shine. Now our most widely planted red variety, it makes a diverse range of styles from Auckland to Otago.

10. THE BEST GRAPE VARIETY IN THE WORLD?
Pinotphiles would argue that it’s sans pareil, and it provokes more passion, prose and praise than arguably any other grape variety.”

I can’t disagree with any of them.

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