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.