Last month I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Balfour’s first Blanc de Noirs. It was a chance to reconnect with a winery I hadn’t visited in person since 2016, and I was taken aback by how much progress has been made. Stunning facilities aside, there was a real sense of place, as we visited multiple sites in the vineyard, including ‘Foxridge’, dubbed as the best site for Pinot Noir within the Estate.
This Blanc de Noirs 2018 is made predominantly from Pinot Noir (74%) from the Foxridge vineyard, with just over a quarter Pinot Meunier (26%). It impressed right out of the bottle, with its true Blanc de Noirs golden hues and expressive, youthful nose of cranberry, tangerine, fennel and ginger.
Both complex, yet composed and joyous, this Noirs has it all. The generous dosage (11g/l) softens the youthful crispness, with a fusion of tangy red berries and orange and lemon citrus. There’s an enveloping, peachy generosity that leads to a mineral finish with herbaceous suggestions – outstanding and oh-so-drinkable.
The generosity and ripeness of the 2018 vintage manifests itself in waves of ripe red and black berries.
An outstanding English Pinot, packed full of ripe, concentrated red fruit and wondrous mouthfeel.
Brilliantly vivid and vibrant red fruit flavours with salted-pretzel complexities.
A superbly balanced Pinot Noir from Hush Heath, with youthful red berry flavours and delicate textures.
The best Pinot Noir from Hush Heath yet? Beautiful red fruit and new found depth.
Clean, vibrant and almost Chablis-like Chardonnay from Kent's Hush Heath.