Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to grow and to nurture to optimal ripeness – quite simply, she’s a fickle mistress. The Fickle Mistress Story: Pinot Noir; she’s a minx and a devil in disguise. Known to be notoriously difficult to cultivate – but with luck, love, perfect conditions she will reward you with the performance of a lifetime. With perfume seductive and flavours alluring, she’ll make you cry with joy and weep with pain. A prima donna in the vineyard, she’ll perform only when conditions are perfect; cool climates, slow ripening. Pinot Noir is fickle, but she is charming, she is temperamental but bewitching. She is the Fickle Mistress.