What wine loving women said about Josef Chromy ‘Pepik’ Pinot Noir 2011

Here at the Castle of Fabulousness, we’re all big fans of quality Pinot Noir. And it’s important to be specific here and say “quality”, as Pinots can be a little temperamental. Just like us gals, they require a lot of love and attention. Fail to provide them with it and what’s left is best off being poured into a fruit punch.

But what we discovered this month is that many women are yet to discover the lighter side of red wine life and haven’t yet embraced the Pinot – or at least, not this one. Which was a HUGE surprise, given that lighter style reds are so often pushed at women.

Just like a stranger sitting at the bar, the Pepik split us. Some thought him handsome. Others were happy to leave him on his own. Either way, we couldn’t agree.

And it wasn’t all wishy-washy maybes. We’re talking big opinions at either end of the spectrum. It was a bit like that episode of Seinfeld. “Love the Drake!” or “Hate the Drake!”. There was no in-between.

While some were fanatical about the garnet coloured drop, lovers of bigger red wines complained about a general lack of oomph.

The good news – for Pinot lovers – was that those who were already partial to a Pinot thought that this offering from Josef Chromy was a delightfully cheerful quaffer and offered excellent value for the under $20 price tag. Scores of 4 & 5 were frequent.

It was also popular with predominantly white wine drinkers. One of our favourite comments was from the fabulous Bridget, who wrote:

“Score: 5/5. Amazing. I’d definitely buy it, and I’m not normally much of a red drinker!”

But for those who aren’t familiar with the delicate nature of Pinot Noir, they were surprised that the Pepik wasn’t…well…BIGGER!

“Light and easy drinking. But that’s not what I enjoy in a red wine.”

“Short palate. Dusty finish. More of a summer red for me.”

And that’s what this online wine club is all about. It’s about giving you the chance to try something you might not normally choose, and to provide a place that’s safe and fun where you can share that experience. Sometimes you’ll find a new discovery that will have you thrilled. Other times…well…now you can say you tried them.

So what did we say about it when we selected this wine?  Here’s what appeared on the download-able Tasting Notes that our wine club members use when trying the wine.

(The full Tasting Notes & Wine Scoring Card are still available for download too, if you’d like them! Just because we’ve finished tasting this wine as part of our online wine club, doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to try, buy and taste the wine using our fabulous, girl friendly tasting notes to guide you. Enjoy!)

Our wine club review of the white wine of the month, the Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011, was less divisive. Read all about it here.

Have you tried the Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir 2011? What did you think? Are you a Pinot Noir fan? Do you have a favourite Pinot to share with us? Tell us by leaving a comment below!


  1. Jen Clegg

    I've just joined you on Facebook and love the thought of sharing in this little wine community – even though I know very little about wine. I enjoy a Pinot Noir so when I saw the opportunity to try something completely different I thought I'd give it a whirl.

    When I poured Pepik I thought the colour was unusually light for a Pinot and I found it mouth-wateringly aromatic. Pepik is a very light red, and felt almost evanescent on my tongue; if I’d have closed my eyes I would have picked it as a rose. Pepik was very easy drinking (almost too easy with half a bottle gone in one sitting). Although I did enjoy Pepik, I did not enjoy it as a Pinot and it did not go with my Rogan Josh dinner. I found Pepik to be light and dainty and for me it would be teamed better with grilled fish and salad on a Sunday afternoon.

    For me, I like a Pinot with heavier flavours that leave a lasting impression. Personally I think this dainty drop would be a great introduction for unaccustomed people wanting to branch out into red wine. I’d buy it again, but more as an alternative to a rose than a Pinot. 6/10

    1. The Fabulous Ladies

      Fantastic stuff Jen – that's exactly what we're all about! Trying new things and working out what you do and don't like, and enjoying the adventure along the way. So thrilled to have you here with us, and thank you for your excellent contribution!! x

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