(2019) After 10 years in the cellar under screwcap, a Pinot in perfect condition and so drinkable: just gaining a little brick colour on the rim, the nose has spices and tobacco, and sweet cherry fruit, quite figgy and rich. On the palate that lovely sour orange and sour cherry acidity drives this, sweet and earthy, in-filled with smokiness and more tobacco wreathed around the fruit and acid core, the tannins resolved but still adding a firm edge into the finish. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the 2015 vintage.
(2015) Quite subtle, very lightly oaked. The palate has a lot of sweetness, a really ripe sweetness but perhaps not the ultimate balance or complexity of some of the others. Not sure where this would be from - possibly New World? Tasted blind.
(2011) The first vintage of vines planted in 2003. With the Vintner in UK (Tom Gilby). Lovely delicate but fruity nose, but chocolaty and creamy too, with an earthiness and on the palate lovely fruit and creamy focused and silky tannins. Lovely natural concentration here and great depth of fruit.
(2011) Smoky, charcoally, intensely mineral nose with very deep, juciy black cherry and blackberry fruit. Lovely depth and density. Fabulous palate just brimming with cedar and touches of espresso, and with delicious length. Fabulous stuff.
(2011) Lots of weight and thick, rich very sweet fruit, lovely beetrooty undertone but little herb and floral nuances too. Perhaps not the most structured of Pinots, but who cares when it is so delicious and so authentic.
(2011) Slightly more mineral, smoky character here, a little bit of charry quality, and the fruit still there. More edgy than the 2008 perhaps, hinting at more structure and complexity, though without the seductive creaminess at this stage - though the ripe fruit is all there and suggests this will age nicely.
(2011) Gamey and bold, with touches of coffee and sweet damp earth, and still that bold black fruit concentration. The palate has huge depth too, perhaps a little more powerfully concentrated than the 2005, the tannins a little firmer, but I find the 2005 has lovely elegant concentration.
(2011) Nice briar, woodsmoke and charry notes, but not overdone. A little gamy influence too. The palate has nice fruit sweetness, the tannins and acidity very grippy, leaving this perhaps just a touch too assertive, but a very nice wine.
(2011) Bannockburn fruit. Very soft, smoky light-coloured wine with gently gamy and herbal notes weaving through red berries. The palate has delightful fruit sweetness, the smooth, tight tannins and tight-grained chocolaty oak all underpinning. Very stylish.