Hush Heath Balfour Nouveau 2020

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The second of a duo of Pinots from Hush Heath which together show just how far English Pinot has come. The grapes were only picked two months ago, having gone through carbonic maceration and a brief spell in new oak. It’s bold, it’s vivid, and it’s England’s answer to Beaujoulais Nouveau.

The colour is amazingly striking: bright ruby with magenta hints and a punchy nose to match. It’s unquestionably red fruit-focussed, with cherry, raspberry and cranberry aromas, paired with smoky cedarwood spice, violet and floral blossoms.

It’s packed to the brim with tangy, pure red fruit. With all the red berries that the nose promised, the acidity is bright, tingling, almost spritzy. But it’s not overwhelming, as the fruit also has a soft, generous touch. Most commendable, though, is the firm but superbly integrated oak and hit of almost salted-pretzel savouriness.

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