Red Pinot Noir 2018
‘The nose is immediately grabbing, with a fusion of red fruits, cracked black pepper, pencil shavings and some light earthy tones. For a wine so delicate in complexion, the palate packs quite some depth. Initially, there are tangy red summer berry flavours of cranberry and raspberry, but these soften to a rather supple cherry-laced mid-taste. Overall, it’s a fine example of English Pinot, with decent length thanks to prominent tannin and savoury textures.’ By John Mobbs, Great British Wine
This is a very approachable, instantly recognisable cool climate Pinot Noir with aromas of spice (black and white pepper), red sweet cherry, blueberry, and subtle violet on the nose. On the palate, it is delicate and light bodied with gentle, smooth yet firm tannins and a crisp refreshing finish. We like it best opened an hour before drinking and served at room temperature.
Suggested food pairings range from game to grilled vegetables: duck, pork, veal, chicken, rabbit, venison, tuna, salmon, mackerel, calamari and more. We feel it matches particularly well with lightly spiced Asian food.
- ABV 12%
- Grape: Pinot Noir
- Oaked: 100% matured in mix of new and old French barriques for 12 months
- pH: 3.5
- Drinking Window: Now to 5 years
Winemaking Notes: This wine is made from selected areas of our vineyard planted with two low yielding Burgundian clones of Pinot Noir which we use for both still and sparkling wines. Fermented in open top containers, manual punch downs were used to ensure gentle and gradual extraction with regular tastings to avoid over extraction. This was followed by 100% barrel maturation for 12 months in French oak barriques with monthly lees stirring and topping. The wine underwent malo lactic fermentation over the summer months of 2019 whilst in barrel.
For this first batch of Red Pinot we trialled a range of different yeasts, punch down protocols and oak type and time exposures to identify superior batches for this and future development. Our final blend was selected from just 11 out of the 20 barrels filled. Each barrel had a slightly different profile adding complexity to the overall blend. Prior to bottling, the wine only received minimal filtration to preserve its integrity and has subsequently spent 6 months in bottle prior to release.