Pinot Noir Précoce is a close relative of Pinot Noir that ripens very early and is particularly suited to England’s climate. It is revered for its aromatic qualities and soft tannins.
The grapes were harvested in early September 2017, one of the earliest harvests on record partly due to the low yields and warm end to the season. They were hand-sorted at the winery with half of them being de-stalked and lightly crushed. The other half were retained as whole bunches and fermented in the same tank as the others in order to obtain a semi-carbonic maceration fermentation, in a similar style to Beaujolais Cru wines. A small portion was also fermented as whole bunches in French oak barrels.
Following fermentation the wine was transferred to 3-year-old French barrels, sourced directly from Moulin-a-Vent in Beaujolais. 100 % malolactic fermentation and 5 months further ageing in oak have resulted in a soft and elegant wine that is rich in sour cherries and an earthy ‘Pinot’ character. No fining agents have been used so the wine is vegan friendly gluten free.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: <0.5 g/L
TITRATABLE ACIDITY: 4.7 g/L