Pinot noir, Spätburgunder, Pinot Nero, Blauer Burgunder, Burgundac Crni, Kisburgundi
Red, registered in 1941; 231 ha; 1.25 % of the vineyard plantings - Rulandské modré is grown mainly in northern wine producing regions of
Slovakia, but vine-yards can be found also in the south.
The exact origin of Pinot noir is unknown, but most likely came from northeastern France or southwestern Germany. It is not that far removed from the wild vines of that region—perhaps only 1 or 2 generations. An ancient grape, being already grown in Burgundy when the Romans arrived 2000 years ago. It is also known, that Rulandské modré is very challenging to grow and to process.
Quality akostné odrodové víno is produced, as well as dry attribute wines - kabinetné (Kabinett), neskorý zber (late harvest) and výber z hrozna (grapes selection). If these wines spent certain time in new oak, it is indicated on the label as Barikové (Barrique). Variety is also used for the production of white blanc de noirs and rosé sparkling wines.
More rare dry bobuľový výber (grapes selection) stands at higher concentration and alcohol levels reaching more than 14 %, very rare hrozienkový výber (choice of sultanas) produced only by few wine makers has already higher content of residual sugar – polosladké (semi sweet) to sladké (sweet).
Wines produced from this variety are soft, rich, though velvety. The best character can be shown after few years of maturing in a bottle, when the higher acids gets smoother. Younger wines are characterised by aromas of forest fruit, black cherries, these are later developed into ripen fruit tones, with a touch of leather or smoke and plums.