Pinot Meunier Wine Variety in Australia

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Meunier, also called Pinot Meunier, is one of three grape varieties used to make Champagne, the others being Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It is also used to make dry red wines, and in some areas such as the Loire Valley, it is used for rose.

Best's Pinot meunier

Sparkling wines made in other parts of the world also use Pinot meunier although they cannot be called Champagne. Although both Pinot Noir and Meunier are both red wines they can be used to make white wine if the juice is removed from the skins immediately on crushing. Most grape varies have white (clear) juice, the colouring comes mainly from the skins. Rose wines, both still and sparkling are made by leaving the skins in the juice for just a few hours.

This variety is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Noir, hence its alternative name. The Meunier part of the name is the French word for "miller" because the underside of the leaves are covered with fine hairs giving the impression that they have been dusted with flour. Some other synonyms are Dusty Miller, Miller's Burgundy, Gris Meunier, Farineux Noir, Mullertraube, Blanche Feuille, Schwartzriesling, Morillon Tacone.

Meunier is an early maturing variety, a characteristic it shares with Pinot noir. It can thus produce wines with considerable character in cooler climates, such as Northern France and Germany. and it tends to retain acidity which is a plus for grapes used to make base wines for sparkling wine.

In Australia there have been increased plantings of Meunier as growers are looking to replicate the varietal composition of Champagne, but there is also renewed interest in its use for producing dry reds and rose.

Over many decades Bests at Great Western have produced an excellent dry red from this variety; for a long time it was a beacon for those who wanted a wine with good flavour without the intense colour, jamminess and huge body of other red wines of that era..

Wineries using Pinot Meunier in Australia

Some of these wineries make varietal red wines or rose with Meunier.

Baillieu Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Barringwood Park Northern Tasmania | Bests Grampians | Bluestone Lane Mornington Peninsula | Bochara Henty | Borrodell on the Mount Orange | Box Stallion Mornington Peninsula | Boyntons Feathertop Alpine Valleys | Brandy Creek Wines Gippsland | Centennial Vineyards Southern Highlands | Charles Melton Barossa Valley | Collina del Re King Valley | Eminence King Valley | Fikkers Yarra Valley | Gordon Hills Estate Orange | Grampians Estate Grampians | Grey Sands Northern Tasmania | Harcourt Valley Bendigo | Henderson Hardie King Valley | jb Wines Barossa Valley | John Gehrig Wines King Valley | Kinloch Wines Upper Goulburn | Manton's Creek Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Meadowbank Estate Southern Tasmania | Montalto Vineyards Mornington Peninsula | MorganField Macedon Ranges | Mount Macedon Winery Macedon Ranges | Mt Billy Southern Fleurieu | Oakridge Yarra Valley | Rahona Valley Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Red Hill Estate Mornington Peninsula | Starvedog Lane Adelaide Hills | Symphonia King Valley | Winbirra Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Woodonga Hill Hilltops |
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