Pinot Noir is a fussy grape to grow. If too hot, the thin grape skins burn. If too cold, the flavours are bitter and underripe. But in a moderate climate like Burgundy in France or Central Otago in New Zealand, this black grape variety can reach its full potential, showing notes of red berries, violets, earth and mushroom. It is also a popular grape to vinify in Champagne due to its high acidity.