(2020) From 45 different sections of vineyards, a lovely perfume here, berries, truffle, a touch of woodsmoke. Sweet fruit on the palate, a little chestnut and briar, then a lip tingling spice. Tight tannins and acidity, a little grippy edge in the finish. Single bottle price given. Ministry of Drinks sells a case of six at £18.99 per bottle at time of review.
(2016) A pinot on the strawberry and cherry-scented, creamy side of the equation, with a nicely smoky, incense-like lift. The palate is juicy with red fruit, but has a stripe of beetrooty, earthy vegatility that adds savoury interest. Pretty well balanced, with of acid and tannin just a tiny bit angular against the sweetness of fruit in the finish.
(2015) >From the excellent Martinborough Vineyards, this Pinot was aged in a mix of 2nd and 3rd-fill barrels and stainless steel tanks. Darker, deeper and much plummier than the excellent Louis Jadot Mâcon Les Roches Rouges also currently on offer, this has earthy beetroot tones as well as cardonom spice. On the palate not quite the fruit depth suggested by the nose, but there is a sappiness and energy, and plenty of acidity, with a layer of berries and chocolate to add complexity.
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