On Tuesday the 18 August we celebrate one of the great grapes of the wine world and a variety many of the staff at East End Cellars hold close to their hearts, Pinot Noir.
While the rest of the world dabbles with growing this perfumed, silken, red-fruited beauty, its spiritual homeland is Burgundy, France.
Whether you feel like supporting our local Adelaide Hills, tasting a Tamar Valley from Tassie or seeing what Central Otago (New Zealand) has to offer, there is a Pinot out there for sipping this National Pinot Noir Day.
As we hope to shake the winter blues and venture from bigger, bolder reds to a wine of delicate, soft tannins (think how the wine grips to your palate) and finesse, here are a few vinos that, according to the team at East End Cellars, we should consider splashing in our glass to celebrate.
Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2019 – $40
A great Adelaide Hills go-to pinot and a customer favourite that seems to fly off the shelves at East End Cellars! A light, juicy, red fruited drop. Think tart raspberries and turkish delight coupled with a hint of spice, fresh herbs and acidity that makes your mouth water.
Feel like a pink sparkling starter? Don’t forget Pinot Noir is also a classic variety found in Champagne! Ashton Hills also produces an equally delicious Vintage Rosé Sparkling.
Joshua Cooper Doug’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 – $68
While many would relate Joshua Cooper back to his parent’s famed Cobaw Ridge estate in the Macedon Ranges, this young winemaker is holding his own by showcasing some of regional Victoria’s best organically grown vineyards.
This newly released Pinot is always highly anticipated with wine geeks and lovers alike with notes of pomegranate, sour cherry, trodden earth and bright ruby in the glass.
Thinking pink? Using the same fruit from Doug’s Vineyard, Josh also produces a delicate and seriously pretty Pinot Rosé.
Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy 2017 – $80
A wine to impress, sip and savour. Venturing into the Burgundy section of any wine retailer can be daunting especially when French isn’t within your vocabulary.
With a rich history established in 1825, a great producer to start your Burgundian love affair is Domaine Faiveley.
This small parcel, known as a ‘clos’, formerly belonged to the Kings of France. ‘Premier Cru’ or shortened to ‘1er Cru’ are wines from a special vineyard within a village. Think of a deeper, darker, more complex beast.
Want Burgundy on a budget? Try Domaine Faiveley’s Bourgogne Rouge for a gateway to the most romantic wine region in the world.
East End Cellars Pinot Fact: Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned grape, specifically requiring a cooler climate and therefore infamously known as a very difficult grape to grow. – that is why a bottle of Pinot can be a few more dollars than its counterparts!
Visit East End Cellars this National Pinot Noir Day from 12pm Tuesday 18, where Pinots will be on pour by Brendan Keys of BK Wines.
The team at East End Cellars have decided it’s only fitting to mark the occasion with piping hot pies, and pinot.
Head chef, Josh Lansley, is launching two pie flavours, both to be accompanied by silken mash and pea purée.
In terms of pie flavours, there’s two to choose from; Cumin Spiced Lamb, and Butternut Pumpkin, Pine Nut and Goat Cheese.