Pinot Noir (Blauer Spätburgunder,Blauburgunder)

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Blauburgunder
© AWMB / Oberleitner

Origin: France, Burgundy

Parentage: Natural crossing from Schwarzriesling and Traminer

Vineyard area: 616 ha, 1.3 %. Pinot Noir was spread throughout the world from its home, Burgundy, and can be found nearly in all Austrian wine-growing regions.

Important ampelographic features
Leaf: pentagonal; with three to five lobes; petiole is slightly overlapping
Grape cluster: small; compact, small round berries; cylindrical,  grapes have a blueish-black colour and have thin skins

Ripening-time: mid- to late season

Significance, conditions: The variety is gaining importance in Austria. Its growth increased by 58.6% between 1999 and 2009.  Requires good sites with deep, warm soils and ample water retention. It is extremely prone to Botrytis and easily susceptible to chlorosis.

Wine: Pinot Noir from optimal vineyard sites, with high ripeness, and through skilled vinification, can deliver high quality wines with good ageability - even despite that it is sensitive and a challenge to the winemaker in the vineyard and the cellar. Characteristically, it does not have a very dark colour. Its typical aroma is discreet with notes from red berries (strawberry, raspberry, morello cherry), forest soil and dried plums.