Wine region: Styria
Variety: 100% pinot noir
Maturation: 8 months, barrique
Pinot Noir is one of the oldest varieties, having been described by the Roman writer, Pliny. It originates from Burgundy, where it is the most widespread red variety. It is also the basis for many prestigious Champagnes. It is a very demanding variety both to grow and to make well. It requires light, airy, well-drained soil in the best sites and the most meticulous approach from the winegrower.
In view of this, we decided to include the Pinot Noir as the only red variety in out palette of wines. We first planted it in 2009 in Ivanjkovci and then in Jeruzalem in 2012.
Verus’ first Pinot Noir is from 2011. Despite the young age of the vineyard, due to the low crop weight per vine and a good autumn, we were able to produce a beautiful ruby red wine with a bouquet reminiscent of raspberries, strawberries, cherries and redcurrant, followed by a full-bodied and mature flavour showing nuances of all these fruits.
The wine is a delicate ruby color. The bouquet is medium accentuated. The Pinot Noir school bouquet offers strawberries, smoke, and a slight scent of venison and mushrooms. In the mouth, the wine is dry, with a gentle but perceptible tannin touch, with slightly bitter but pleasant sensations in the direction of the dessert. It is medium-bodied, the fruitiness is already ready on the first meat, but it will easily be able to ripen for at least a decade. The signature of the house of Verus, which swears by the purity and variety of aromas, can also be seen in this Pinot Noir.
Paring with food: poultry, grilled fish, steak