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(2022) Though Lyme Bay is based in Devon, the Pinot Noir for this wine was sourced from vineyards in Essex that enjoyed warm, sunny conditions in 2020. Small parcels were vinified in open top fermenters, then transferred to oak barrels: 30% new French oak, along with some experimental American and Eastern European oak, for nine months. There's an attractive blend of cherry-bright fruit, creamy and lightly spicy oak and a subtle herbs and flowers grace note on the nose. In the mouth, finely-wrought sweet fruit of blackberry cherry is medium-bodied, supported by lightly charred coffeeish oak, and bright tannins. It's a Pinot in a fairly brisk style, but with a bit of depth and it is a fine addition to the upper-end of English still wines. Also available from Fareham Wine Cellar, The English Wine Collection, Grape Britannia, Amps Wine.
(2019) What a fascinating wine, made from a single plot of Pinot Meunier that ripened exceptionally well in the 2018 vintage, it was harvested on 19th October and aged for a short period in a combination of French and American oak. It is pale-medium in colour and has an intriguing nose, somewhere between fresh-hung game and raspberry, gentle earthiness and tobacco spices adding to the complexity of aromas. In the mouth there is beautifull creamy sweetness, touching on summer-pudding fruitiness, but that gamy nuance persists, a touch of a darker, coffee character and a rasp of plum skin grippy tannin. The acidity is good too, in a light and yet substantial wine that's full of interest.
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