Classic Pinot Noir originates from Burgundy. the cultivation of Austrian Pinot Noir is still in its infancy, yet there is an upsurge of some great examples being produced in many wine-growing regions, with increasingly promising results.
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.