Can Pinot Noir yields be increased?

Does quality have to suffer when you increase quantity? New Zealand Pinot Noir makers are questioning received wisdom, finds Rebecca Gibb MW.

Beth Pearce MW and Dr Matias Kinzurik
Beth Pearce MW and Dr Matias Kinzurik

In Burgundy, the region that has defined Pinot Noir, it’s taken as a given that high-quality wine can only be produced from low yields. The rest of the world has followed Burgundy’s lead but New Zealanders, with their have-a-go attitude, are questioning hundreds of years of grape-growing experience and asking if it’s possible to get a larger crop from this capricious red variety without diluting quality. 

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