Pinot Noir (Blauer Spätburgunder,Blauburgunder)
Origin: France, Burgundy
Parentage: Natural crossing from Schwarzriesling and Traminer
Vineyard area: 649 ha, 1.4 %. 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
Importance, 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.