Woodchurch has been quietly working away since our visit and meeting with owner Graham Barbour back in 2016. This month their Rosé Brut 2015 was awarded an IEWA 2019 Gold Medal. It’s a blend of 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Pinot Meunier. The bottle we tasted spent 25 months on lees, and was disgorged in August last year with 11g/l dosage.
The nose on this was quite intense and much more evolved with ripe cherry, toasted biscuit, candied sugar and savoury complexity.
This wine is a big rugged rosé, with bright and tangy red fruit up front before the biscuity, savoury notes kick in.
It finishes on sweet, ripe strawberries with a hint of winter spice and darker berry notes.