- Blend 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Pinot Meunier
- Vintage 2014
- Bottling Our wines are bottled the summer after harvest, which is the moment they begin their second fermentation, which gives them their bubbles and evolved character. 2015
- Alcohol 12%
- Dosage The dosage indicates the amount per litre of sugar in the 'liqueur de dosage', a mixture of wine and sugar added to the bottles when they are disgorged at the end of the ageing process, to ensure balance and harmony in the final blend. 8 grams per litre
- Food Pairing Wild Mushroom Risotto, Roast Guinea Fowl, Celeriac Gratin, Orange and Polenta Cake.
Names the UK’s best Blanc de Noir in the 2022 WineGB Awards, this trophy winner is the from the 2014 vintage, a year which made the case for creating a Blanc de Noir from the excellent quality Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from our Findon Park vineyard. The two red grape varieties were co-pressed and fermented in a mixture of five and six year old Burgundy oak barrels with selected yeasts. The barrels did not impart oak flavour due to their age, but promoted a gentle micro-oxygenation, which refines the mouthfeel and structure of the wine on the palate. Thanks to the ideal ripeness of the 2014 vintage, malolactic fermentation was blocked, leaving the wine with natural malic ‘energy’. This not only brought verve and focus to the blend, but also gives the wine fantastic ageing potential. It was bottled in July 2015.
After bottling the wine was allowed to rest on its lees in bottle for four and a half years, before being disgorged in December 2020.
The result is a wonderful example of Blanc de Noir, abundant with complex character and intensity of flavour. Aromas of lemon cake and macadamia nut deliver an inviting a sense of opulence. A round and weighty texture on the palate, abound with notes of rhubarb, dried orange and greengage. Further finesse shows through on the long finish, with hints of Himalayan pink salt and electric freshness, a subtle note of sweetness of Braeburn apple. Undeniable potential to age further.
In the press
Rich, brocade, and tasting and smelling so intensely of orange that it's almost marmalade. Trace of toast. Long and deep. This is stunning. Spiced Seville-orange bitterness, but the roaring depth of that fruit and its acidity is magnificent. Don’t drink it too cold. This is a fire-sipping wine. Bring on the Comté. 17.5 Points.