Led by Augusta and Robert Raimes, who have teamed up with Hattingley Valley winemakers Emma Rice and Jacob Leadley for this limited first release of 900 bottles. The wine is a blend of 54% Pinot Noir and 46% Pinot Meunier, spending 24 months on the lees with a 8g/l dosage.
The Raimes Blanc de Noirs opens up with a refined but colourful nose; rich with notes of citrus, light red fruit and warm brioche. Hints of spiced pastry entice you to take your first sip, and so we do!
For a first release wine, the palate is surprisingly rounded and full. A laser focussed acidity introduces zesty lemon, crisp red apple and tangy red currant flavours.
The finish is where things get really interesting – the journey taking a decidedly savoury turn with flavours of toasted nut and subtle spice.
Wonderful and smooth in the mouth, this is a superb first release from Raimes, and a promise of great things to come.