The Pinot Noir grape variety is a member of the Vitis Vinifera grape species. The name for this variety has been derived from the French language, in which Pinot means ‘pine’ and Noir refers to ‘black’ – with ‘pine’ pointing to the tightly - clustered bunches of the fruit which are shaped like pine cones. Although the variety originated in Burgundy, it is now grown all over the world. Wines made using Pinot Noir grapes exhibit lovely fragrances of cherry and strawberry which are supported by complex hints of undergrowth. Strong Pinot Noirs from warmer climate regions can also give off violet and leather aromas. The medium bodied palate of Pinot Noir consists of fresh fruit flavours like cranberry, raspberry and cherry, which can be married to cola, caramel, liquorice, vanilla, clove, tobacco or mushroom flavours. Pair the wine with mushroom risottos, white pizzas or wild mushrooms to enjoy a perfect wine and food pairing.