At a recent industry tasting of imported wines held in Adelaide’s CBD, we caught up with some of SA’s finest restaurateurs to find out which international Pinot Noir brands they’ll be listing this winter… and what they’ll be pairing their Pinot with!
Maria Favaro – Chianti
Maria Favaro, owner of Chianti, one of Adelaide’s most prestigious Italian restaurants, said that “Pinot Noir is a food friendly, lunchtime wine.”
New Zealand winery Ata Rangi was her pick of the Pinots, which pairs perfectly with Chianti’s hearty Italian menu.
Jessica Richards – Bar Torino
Maria’s daughter, Jessica Richards, who owns Bar Torino, a trendy cocktail, wine and tapas bar that sits next to Chianti on Adelaide’s vibrant Hutt Street, said Pinot Noir is the perfect wine to enjoy with food when the days are getting cooler from autumn into winter.
Her favourite drop was also from across the Tasman Sea, Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks.
Tim Owen – East End Cellars
Tim from East End Cellars, a hip wine bar in Adelaide’s east end, and one of Australia’s leading premium wine retailers, said that his customers enjoy Pinot Noir as it’s a lighter option to Shiraz and suits food well.
“The Mt Difficulty single vineyard Pinot Noir was true to the style of Central Ottaga Pinot, while the Grasshopper Rock was complex on the nose and had good tannin structure.”
Alana Brabin – Lyndoch Hill Restaurant
Alana, the head chef at Lyndoch Hill Restaurant in the Barossa Valley, said the menu at the restaurant often features dishes with charcoal cooked game meats that match perfectly with Pinot Noir.
Her dream dish to match with Pinot Noir is seared venison backstrap, served with heirloom vegetables, goats curd, a balsamic reduction and shaved fresh truffle. Yum!
Robert Njora and Samuel Tomljenovic – Jamie’s Italian
Robert and Samuel, from Jamie’s Italian, in Adelaide’s CBD said Pinot Noir is the perfect variety for younger people to begin their journey into discovering red wine, due to its light characteristics.
They said Pinot Noir is a favourite at the restaurant as it’s perfect for casual dining.
Their favourite drop at the tasting was also from New Zealand’s Ata Rangi.