We often get the question: "why Pinot Noir in Mallorca? is that even possible?" Well; we never said we tried to make our lives easy did we? The honest answer is that we very simply adore Pinot Noir! Fickle as it is...
Pinot Noir wines are among the most popular in the world. A guy called Joel Fleischman describes them as "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic." and other Pinot lovers simply refer to them as "sex in a glass".
Pinot Noir's home is in Burgundy, France, but today it grows in most wine-growing regions in the world due to its popularity. It is notoriously difficult to grow due to its tight clusters and thin skin.
In the vineyard Pinot Noir is sensitive to wind and frost (and of course also too much direct sun!), cropping levels (it must be low yielding for production of quality wines), soil types and pruning techniques. And its thin skin makes it susceptible to rot and similar fungal diseases. In the winery it’s sensitive to fermentation methods and yeast strains and is highly reflective of its terroir with different regions producing very different wines.
So it does not only require the perfect climate and the most attentive vineyard team, but also a great winemaker to release its potential and make balanced wines.
At Binivista we have plenty of "fun" reaching that perfect balance with our Pinot Noir. As our plants are still young and we are still getting to know them (and our microclimate) we have ended up with quite different results in our 2 first vintages. 2020 ripened at an alarming pace and increased from 13,5% to 15% potential alcohol over a weekend! hence the 2020 Pinot Noir is a rather ripe and rich one of it's kind... We avoided this with success in 2021, but then instead have some rather tight tannins to work on before the wine is ready to get bottled! There is never a dull moment with this, the "primadonna" of our grape varieties!
So why does everybody love Pinot Noir?
Well, it only takes a sip of a really great one to convince you.
"God made Cabernet Sauvignon whereas the devil made Pinot Noir.". -André Tchelistcheff