Drinkable, fruity and tasty: The best pinot noir wines | Food | Life & Style

Pinot noir is one of my favourite red grape varieties and makes lighter-styled wines full of flavour yet with a freshness and elegance. But pinot is tricky to grow, so it can be quite expensive. Here’s my selection of seven pinot noirs that are affordable but still have that pinot magic. Expect to find cherry, plum and even raspberry flavours, together with a nice, bright acidity.

Selected by Tesco Chile Pinot Noir 2016, Chile £6, Tesco, 13% alcohol

This is juicy, simple and berryish with red cherry flavours and a hint of damson bitterness. Light and fruit-focused with a savoury twist, it’s a versatile, lighter style of red. 

Asda Extra Special Pinot Noir 2016, Yarra Valley, Australia £7.98, Asda, 13% alcohol

From the relatively cool Yarra Valley near Melbourne, this Aussie pinot noir is juicy, bright and fresh with supple berry fruits. It’s attractive and very quaffable.

Hans Baer Pinot Noir 2016, Pfalz, Germany £7, Tesco, 12% alcohol

Fresh and bright with a pleasant green, sappy edge to the cherry fruit, this is juicy and delicious with herbal notes meshing well with sweet fruit. It’s just so drinkable, with that hint of sweetness helping to carry the savoury notes.

Concha y Toro Corte Marcelo Pinot Noir 2016, Limari Valley, Chile £8.50, thewinesociety.com (01438 741177), 14% alcohol

The Limari Valley, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, is famed for its mineral-rich soils, which have produced this fresh and direct red. It has a juicy raspberry and cherry fruit core, as well as some savoury, cedary notes. There’s a nice weight to the fruit, with some fine dried herb and ginger spice touches. This tasty red has a lot more to offer than just bright fruit. 

Olivier Dubois Pinot Noir 2015 Vin de France £8.99, Majestic Wine, 12.5% alcohol

Ripe and balanced with a spicy, savoury, mineral edge, this is pretty convincing stuff. There’s moreish raspberry fruit with nice weight and a good supporting structure. 

“PinotPinot” Pinot Noir 2016, South East Australia £8.50, Oddbins, 13.5% alcohol

This is soft and textured with a gorgeously smooth feel in the mouth. It tastes of fresh cherries, stewed raspberries and has an easy, enticing personality.  

Santa Rita Reserva Pinot Noir 2016, Aconcagua Valley, Chile £8.50, Sainsbury’s, 13.5% alcohol

Juicy and fruit-driven, this is a very appealing red with a hint of rhubarb on the finish. It has cherry and damson aromas, with lively fruit flavours. It’s tasty stuff. 

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