Richly fragrant with ripe plum fruit aromas, this is another terrific wine from the hands of winemaker Liam Idzikowski at Danbury Ridge. Smooth and silky with definite notes of creamy oak, it’s a polished and ripefruited English Pinot with swagger and style.
Drink 2022 - 2026
Susie Barrie MW, Decanter (September 2022)
About this WINE
Danbury Ridge Wine Estate
Danbury Ridge Wine Estate is a vineyard and winery located in Essex, in South East England. The estate takes its name from the nearby village of Danbury. Owners Michael and Heather Bunker planted their first vines in 2014, with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties. The team produces wine using both their own estate-grown fruit and grapes sourced from other growers in Essex. Danbury Ridge has gained recognition for its exceptional English still wines.
Discover the hidden gem of Essex's flourishing wine scene, where South East England's rolling hills and fertile soils give rise to exceptional vineyards and captivating wines.
The reds are elegant and refined with velvety textures, while the sparkling varieties are crafted with meticulous care and traditional methods.
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.