Blackdown Ridge was founded by Professor Martin Cook, with the first vines planted in 2010. 2013 saw their first harvest and a trio of still wines were released, including this red blend of Rondo and (rather interestingly) Triomphe d’Alsace.
With a lovely deep red colour in the glass, this wine opens up with an impressive nose; bright red fruit of cherry and raspberry with underlying notes of wood and subtle spice.
The palate is remarkably balanced with a mild but pronounced acidity partnering slightly tart cranberry and raspberry flavours, before a smooth cherry mid-taste with some plummy notes. Behind it all is a lovely smooth vanilla and a pleasing finish with subtle tannin that is slightly peppered with spice.
A really promising first effort from Blackdown Ridge in that difficult field of English red wine, in fact it’s a little Beaujolais in style.