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A fragrant and layered Pinot Noir from the 2022 vintage

The Twenty Six Pinot Noir 2022

Try the new vintage of this mouth-watering Pinot Noir…

From: £29.00

Our second parcel of Pinot Noir from the original Wiston Vineyard… this is a delicate red wine – beautifully fragrant with notes of roses, crushed ripe cherries, bramble fruit and a hint of almond. On the palate the wine is bursting with juicy fruit compote and a touch of mocha and tobacco. It is velvety smooth and is utterly moreish – truly a wine to savour.

We only make this wine in years which provide the best condition for still red Pinot Noir and we certainly didn’t expect another perfect growing season so soon after 2020. The end of the growing season saw fantastic weather that put the first 26 rows of our Findon vineyard to ripeness levels never seen before. The summer heatwave helped with fruit ripeness in the more established vines with deeper roots.

We picked these grapes on 13th October 2022, and they arrived over the hill to the winery clean and ripe. We de-stemmed the fruit into ferment vats and then gently crushed the berries by foot for 3-4 hrs. This allows for gentle colour extraction from the skins, without breaking the bitter seeds. The berries were left to soak for 24 hours before inoculating with three separate yeast strains, each unlocking different properties from within the grapes. Fermentation then took place over two weeks, with gentle hand cap management twice daily. This is a very popular activity – getting your hands into the wine!

As the yeast start to wind down the fermentation, it was time to press the juice off the skins. First we drained the free run wine into barrels. Then we pressed the remainder and kept this wine in tank. Both fractions are left to settle and mature. And there the wine stayed for 15 months, until January 2024, when the wine was filtered and bottled. Such a small sentence for a long period of time. A time of worry, fear, surprise, doubt and elation for winemaker Marcus…

In Marcus’s words: “Making wine never ceases to amaze me. It’s a constant ride, full of learning. Humbling and euphoric! The aim with this wine was to better than what had been before, and I think we have done that. This wine feels more grown up, perhaps reflecting our winemaking as we’ve matured more over the past four years. I hope you enjoy it, and that the wine reflects the journey we are on and the sense of place where the grapes are grown. I can’t wait for the next one…. this year, although a soggy start, seems to be shaping up for another cracker…… fingers crossed. Cheers!”

100% Pinot Noir – 11% abv

 

Making Wiston's The Twenty Six Pinot Noir

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