Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir wine tasting

Shades of Pinot Noir

Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir wine tasting

The month long celebration of Pinot Noir continues at Haute Cabrière this August!

Don’t forget to join us in person for and taste your way through our ‘Shades of Pinot Noir’ wine tasting (buy one get one free!).

For those unable to join us, we have put together a ‘Shades of Pinot Noir’ mixed case featuring 2 bottles of Pinot Noir Rosé, 2 bottles of Pinot Noir Unwooded and 2 bottles of Pinot Noir Réserve – available through our online shop and cellar door – to enjoy at home. To help you find your perfect shade of Pinot, we have put together some top tips for serving Pinot Noir, as well as how to find the style that matches your own. It’s an incredible varietal and one with which we have a long history … we hope you fall in love like we have.

3 tips to serve Pinot Noir

If you are unsure of where to place Pinot Noir in your wine-enjoying lifestyle, here are three pointers to pave your way to Pinot Noir appreciation.

Serve chilled | Pinot Noir benefits and enjoys being served chilled, at around 14°C. At this temperature fruit, acidity and alcohol are finely balanced to showcase the varietal. Five minutes on ice, or 20 minutes in the fridge will achieve this. 

Day or night | Pinot Noir is considered a light red wine, compared to other red varietals, it is the perfect red wine to drink in the day. The transition to evening is seamless, with it pairing well with a range of dishes, and allowing enjoyment for longer, given the gentle tannins and fragrant nature.

The perfect glass | Pinot Noir will benefit from a large bowl glass to allow the delicate aromas to come out and fill your nose before each sip. If you need to stock up, look for a Burgundy glass.

Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim tasting the new Pinot Noir
Haute Cabrieres Shades of Pinot Noir

The Haute Cabrière range features three distinct single varietal Pinot Noir wines created to ensure all tastes get to enjoy Pinot Noir.

At Haute Cabrière, aging and rest is important for our wine, this allows nature to fully express the varietal and the style of Pinot Noir. 

The Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir Réserve spends 10 months in hand-selected oak barrels. We believe oak presents each vintage in the best way possible. It then spends the next 15 months finding itself in the bottle.

The aging potential is extraordinary, ranging from 5 to 10 years under the right conditions.

In your glass | Expect vibrant colour, expressing the classic hue of Pinot Noir. Sour cherries and red fruit on the nose lead flawlessly to a smooth textured palate and lingering finish of black berries, cassis and hints of smoky notes.

Recipe | Venison & mushroom risotto

We cannot say Rosé without smiling. There is something about the pink hue of our Pinot Noir Rosé that wraps you in a cloud of love, happiness and comfort.

Launched in 2019 and currently in the 2021 vintage, this wine tastes like more. An elegant and structured wine exploring the complexity and versatility of Pinot Noir.

In your glass | The perfect light onion-skin colour, was the aim for this Pinot Noir Rosé. Get ready for an explosion of tropical fruits and strawberries while the palate expresses layers of sweet summer fruit, even though this is a dry wine.

Recipe | Calamari & savoury rice 

Hooked on Pinot Noir Unwooded, this wine screams fruit and the lesser explored side of Pinot Noir.

It’s juicy and was made for being enjoyed all year round. This wine was created to err on the lighter side of Pinot Noir, being served at the traditional room temperate in cold weather and chilled in warmer weather. If you love reds or are intimidated, this beauty has you covered.

In your glass | Expect a vibrant red colour with classic strawberry and cassis on the nose. The palate expresses layers of red fruit, finishing with a smooth and silky tannin structure.

Recipe | Chickpea, aubergine & pumpkin ragout

And there you have it! You can explore our Shades of Pinot Noir Mixed Case to enjoy with family and friends anywhere in South Africa, or pop in for a  wine tasting in person and we will help you find your shade. Happy Pinot Noir month!

To order your favourites, please visit our online shop. To order from outside of South Africa, please visit our international retail list

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Feel free to ask questions during an informative and engaging wine tasting, or delve deeper into the vision and philosophy behind our wines with a guided cellar tour.

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Enjoy our family-inspired menu and tasty tapas while savouring time together over a bottle of wine.

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Here, you’ll find a selection of home-baked breads and pastries, lovingly made pantry jams and treats, our full selection of wines, and more, to take home and enjoy…

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