2019 Pinot Noir Précoce, Flint Vineyard, Norfolk, England

2019 Pinot Noir Précoce, Flint Vineyard, Norfolk, England

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2019 Pinot Noir Précoce, Flint Vineyard, Norfolk, England

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Pinot Noir Précoce is an early-ripening mutation of Pinot Noir, well suited to England’s cool climate. This is a blend of fruit from Martin’s Lane Vineyard in Essex along with a little of Flint’s own estate fruit. The nose has aromas of violet, cherry blossom and sour cherry. The palate combines crunchy red fruit with notes of star anise and white pepper. Partial whole-bunch fermentation and seven months’ ageing in old Burgundian oak barrels yield a wine with delicate and fine tannins, akin to a Beaujolais. Serve lightly chilled with cheese and charcuterie for perfect lunchtime drinking. Drink now to 2024.
Daisy Gatt, Buying Assistant (September 2020)
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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Nestled in the sunny and sheltered Waveney Valley in Norfolk, Flint Vineyard is named after the stony soil on which it is planted. Its owners, husband and wife Ben and Hannah Witchell, have always had a passion for wine. In 2007 they decided to pursue this passion by leaving their jobs behind and traveling the winemaking world. On their return, Ben gained a first-class degree in Oenology and Viticulture at Plumpton College and spent three years in Beaujolais as an assistant winemaker.

Since then, they have returned to their Norfolk roots making their own wine from some of the finest sites in England. South Norfolk is one of the driest and sunniest regions, with free-draining gravel and flint soil. It is here, having studied and practiced the meticulous art of winemaking, that Ben has learnt to throw out the rule book. His wines are created in small lots blending tradition with innovation and creativity.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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