French Wine - Pinot Noir - 4 Star - Medium (11%-13.5%)
Pinot Noir is often called the Holy Grail of grapes. It is Burgundy's prized possession, but this lightly coloured and difficult to grow variety is also outstanding from New Zealand and the cooler regions that form a dress circle' around Melbourne. Look for raspberry, strawberry, cherry, violets and, with age, gamey notes. Most are best enjoyed young - and Chile is emerging as a great tip for value.