Pinot Noir & Chardonnay 2022 | 6 Bottle Mixed Case
PRE-ORDER CASE OF 6 BOTTLES.
DELIVERY IN SEPTEMBER 2024
Since the 2022 harvest we have been maturing two outstanding wines in 100% new French oak. Four barrels of Pinot Noir and four barrels of Chardonnay. They’re so special that we are laying them down in bottle to evolve for a further 6 months before releasing them. Both wines will be bottled in April and held in our cellar until September. There are just 900 bottles of each and we’re giving you the opportunity to reserve them now.
Our 2022 Chardonnay has complex aromatics, pithy lemon and white peach combined with vanilla pod and butterscotch. The palate has a fleshy texture, flavours of ripe apricot crumble, a hint of cinnamon. Leading to a toasty finish, underpinned by subtle woodsmoke and fresh acidity.
Our 2022 Pinot Noir is bold, with vibrant aromas of plum and black cherry. Fifteen months in new oak adds warming toast and spice, richly textured silky tannins and generous damson and hints of rosemary.. Persistence of hedgerow fruit and crunchy acidity gives a complete and rounded long finish.
In the summer of 2022 Ben made a call to iconic barrel maker, Tonellerie Rousseau, based in the heart of Burgundy, to order the first brand new oak ever used at Flint.
New oak is very special and no two barrels are the same. Ben and Oli chose a range of them with different characteristics, working closely with Rousseau.
Decisions such as the level of toasting inside of the barrels affects the flavours of the wine we put in them. It says a lot about Ben that he didn’t just buy ten barrels all the same.
We shipped ten, beautiful brand new oak barrels to the UK ready for the 2022 harvest.
The Pinot Noir grapes on our own site are some of the oldest vines at Flint and in 2022 they yielded fruit that was just perfect for making red wine. This doesn’t happen every year and so we acted quickly upon a rare moment.
The same thing happened at our partner vineyard, Martin’s Lane in the Crouch Valley, Essex. The summer and warm autumn in the region was equally as good. They harvested a pristine parcel of Chardonnay, and a tiny amount of exquisite Pinot Noir. Things were beginning to get quite exciting.
As the grapes were ripening into October we knew that the 2022 vintage was going to be fantastic.
We nutured each of the barrels individually and with great care. Ben and Oli matched the barrel types for the Chardonnay to suit the pressing techniques and yeast strains used. They wanted as much complexity as possible, planning eventually to blend the separate barrels into a single wine.
The Pinot Noir from both our own vineyards and Martin’s Lane was fermented in small lots. It was then carefully drained, taking only the free-run wine into five of the barrels.
The result is two bold but beautifully balanced expressions of a stellar vintage for still wines in England.