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Pinot Noir Barrel Selection

Pinot Noir Barrel Selection Twenty Eighteen

Limited Library Release
From an especially characterful portion of our Pinot Noir fruit, which was identified young and set aside to be matured. Originally released in 2020, with tiny quantities of this special wine remaining.

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ABOUT THE 2018 VINTAGE

Good levels of winter rainfall left the soil in optimum condition for the upcoming season. Bud burst in mid-April was followed by a period of abundant warmth and early flowering in June. In early August the fruit was thinned, and 50% dropped, to intensify flavour and concentration as well as ensure optimum quality. Warmth and sunshine from June to September meant the fruit was of an outstanding quality and picked at the perfect time.

TASTING NOTES

Tasted on release: The wine shows all the classic Pinot Noir aromas of ripe strawberry, morello cherry and earthy spiciness. But it is on the palate where uncommon English Pinot character emerges with dark, brambly fruits dominating. Blackberries, blackcurrant blueberries and violets. Silky, rich and intense, this is elegantly balanced pure and rich. Tight and focussed, but held together with real finesse, there are smoky oak features in evidence on a multi-layered palate. The finish is crunchy, supported by fresh black fruits and soft, supple tannins.

Pinot Noir Barrel Selection Twenty Eighteen

Analysis

GRAPE VARIETY:

100% Pinot Noir

ALCOHOL:

12.5%

TITRATABLE ACIDITY:

5.3 g/l

PH:

3.71

Factsheets:

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2018

Winemaking

CLONES:

828, 777 and 115.

PROCESSING:

5 days cold soak, 100% destemmed, fermented on skins for 14 days in stainless steel tanks.

BARREL AGEING:

9 months in French oak, 67% new, 33% old

MALOLACTIC
100%
 
BOTTLING DATE:
August 2019.
Glass of Blanc de Blancs

Gusbourne Estate,
Kenardington Road,
Appledore,
Ashford, TN26 2BE

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