It was such a privilege to be drinking this wine (along with the forthcoming 2015 vintage) in the late afternoon sun overlooking the vineyards at Gusbourne on a beautiful May evening.
This single varietal Pinot Noir was grown in the prestigious Boothill area of the vineyard.
The nose has absolutely classic Pinot Noir characteristics; raspberry, light cherry and strawberry underpinned by warming vanilla, hints of spice and subtle woody notes.
As you would expect from an English red, the wine has a fairly thin complexion, though a bright vivid red colour instantly grabs your attention. A slightly leggy glass hugging quality is also observable.
On the palate, bright youthful red fruit flavours of tangy raspberry and cherry with a lively acidity. There’s a really distinctive savoury edge to this wine – an earthy quality that I don’t think I’ve experienced in an English red before. Then there’s smooth vanilla and hints of spiced oak and pepper, before a textured subtle tannin finish.
A distinctive and precise, but subtly textured cool climate Pinot Noir, a real must try English red!