Pinot Noir has a reputation for being a difficult variety to grow, difficulties can plague it from the vineyard to ferment. Preferring a cool climate situation it seems to have found a good home in places such as New Zealand, Tasmania & Victoria. Pinot has long been associated with the Burgundy region in France. Most of the finest wines being produced in the Cote d`Or area and some of these are known as the great reds of France and have price tags to match. As with all varieties Pinot Noir has spread its way across the world and in doing so has acquired a dedicated following as more people have been exposed to the variety in all its variations. Clonal diversity can give us characteristics from the light and fruity to the more powerful, fruit forward darker wines that we associate with New Zealand Pinot. No doubt Central Otago has claimed its slice of the market with many fans that are passionate about this premium Pinot area. Wild Earth Pinot 2006 proved itself on the world stage winning Top International Red Wine & Top International Pinot Noir at the International Wine Challenge in London last year, a great achievement for a relatively young vineyard plus the 2007 release will impress with its dark fruit and spice character and silky tannins. Quintin & Avril Quider talk to us about the journey, Quintin from fisherman to grape grower. Will bring you more from this couple as the portfolio is not restricted to award winning pinot. Quintin has also developed an innovative use for old wine barrels so say tuned for this and a recipe to go with it!!!!