White Pinot Noir 2015

£14.95 inc. VAT

Winemaker’s Notes

Our Pinot is made from red Pinot Noir grapes which were hand picked and whole-bunch pressed so that the juice bears only a hint of colour. Our Burgundy clone Pinot Noir grapes used for this wine performed well in 2015, reaching good levels of ripeness. The main ‘tell-tale’ of the cooler year is the colour – a paler, soft rose tint compared to the more vibrant pink tinge of 2014.
This wine has a lovely texture and excellent length. Currently exhibiting very delicate aromas (cherry blossom, redcurrant, lime), this wine will open out with more time in bottle.

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Description

The growing season of 2015 was more challenging than 2014. Growth on the vines (bud burst) started later and the summer months were generally a bit cooler and wetter. This meant that in order to achieve the maximum possible ripeness in our grapes we picked on average 2 weeks later than in 2014 – we did not complete our harvest until the very end of October. Saved by a good September, the key to achieving good quality grapes in 2015 was to ensure the vines were cropping lightly. This we did through early season ‘shoot thinning’ and late season ‘green harvesting’, overall picking 15% less volume than in 2104 – on some varieties 20% less. Diligent canopy management, including leaf removal was essential to maximize the opportunity for sunlight and warmth to reach the developing grapes.

Whilst our grapes did not reach the same high ripeness levels as in 2014, they still ripened well and were excellent for making sparkling base wine and have produced some very pleasing elegant still wines, with lively and zesty acidity, harmonious balance and good length. Good to drink now, they will improve further after a few months in bottle as the aromas’ develop and open up.

Wine Facts

Grape varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 12%
Total Acidity: 7.5g/l
Residual Sugar: <1.0g/l
pH:3.58

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