Date Night? 3 Pinots for your Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Pinot, one of the oldest grape varieties, is the mother category of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc. Each of these grapes make excellent wines, but are they actually different from one another? Well, yeah! This valentine’s day, steer away from the cliche Rosés and Champagnes. Here, we recommend some of our finest Pinots that you can impress your date with
Region: Italy, Friuli
Retail Price: S$ 70.00
About the Wine: Pinot Grigio is this wine’s skeleton, as it brings structure, depth, softness and heat. Traminer is important for what concerns aromatic qualities and nose sensations, while Riesling makes it reach a balance with acidity in order to exalt its complexity. The first two grape varieties are late harvested and are fermented and matured in oak barrels. Three very different grapes are used to produce a unique wine, made by the combination of “Mediterranean” surmaturation notes on a liquer-sweet register of “Nordic” characteristics.
About the Winery: Lis Neris is located in the center of the famous wine growing region of Friuli, in the village of San Lorenzo, between the Slovenian border to the North and the right bank of the Isonzo river to the South.
More than 60 hectares of vineyards are planted in the most beautiful part of a broad shelf of calcareous gravel, dragged down by the melt waters from the glaciers of the Eastern Alps. San Lorenzo, which is a cooler area, is where most of the white varieties are grown while Corona and Romans, are warmer zones to the West of the winery, and where the reds are mainly planted.
Winery Website – http://www.lisneris.it/en/
Region: France, Loire Valley
Retail Price: S$ 90.00
About the Wine: Very fine deep crimson colour. On the nose, there are hints of small red and black fruit like raspberries, currants, mulberries and morello cherries, with spicy traces of pink peppercorns, vanilla and cinnamon. In the mouth, it is mellow, well rounded and well structured. A woody background goes with spicy traces and aromas of fruit. A wine long in the mouth,high in alcohol and pleasant, a real winner.
About the Winery: At the beginning of the XIX century, ALPHONSE MELLOT founded a tavern in Sancerre where one could savour the local wines and so began a flourishing trade that was to continue. In 1881 he was granted a licence to ship his wine throughout France and all over the World. This marked the beginning of a pacific conquest which has been pursued and developed by the family business from father to son ever since, with the eldest son continuing to bear the name of the Founder Alphonse.
Winery Website – http://www.mellot.com/presentation/presentation.php?LangueSite=en
Region: New Zealand, Central Otago
Retail Price: S$80.00
About the Wine: This vintage has produced a Pinot Noir displaying opulent rich aromatics; lush dark fruits of the forest dominate the aroma and these are underpinned by sweet brown spice notes. The wine displays lovely elegance and flow with striking precision and clarity. On the palate it kicks off with a plush dense fruit of the forest entry, this plushness then moves beautifully into the mid palate, after which fine elegant textural tannins frame fruit and acidity on a lengthy finish.
About the Winery: Mt Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago, New Zealand. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the pernickety Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy. The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area provides hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns which bring the best out of the Pinot Noir grapes.
Winery Website – http://www.mtdifficulty.com/