YEAR - 2017
GRAPE -Pinot Noir 56% Pinot Meunier 42% Pinot Précoce 2%
ALCOHOL (ABV) - 12.5%
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN - Yes
STORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS - Please keep in a cool, dark place if possible.
DRINKING WINDOW - Drinking very well now, will improve and mature over the next 3-4 years.

Harvest

2017 presented us with some challenging conditions throughout the growing season: severe spring frosts at the end of April, and a good amount of rainfall all the way through August, lead to lower yields and increased disease pressure during the ripening period. Thankfully, September brought us dry, warm weather, allowing the grapes to fully ripe and achieve good sugar levels while retaining their crisp acidity.

'2017 was definitely a Pinot year. Both the Noir and Meunier escaped the worst of the frost. After the cold start to the season, the weather turned in our favour and the slightly smaller than normal crop ripened wonderfully.’
Emma Rice
Head Winemaker

Winemaking

The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes were handpicked and gently whole-bunch pressed. Approximately 9% of the blend was fermented in 4-5-year-old Burgundy barrels, adding a lovely texture and richness to the wine, and partial malolactic fermentation took place in order to soften the wine’s natural acidity. The wine spent 6 months in tank and barrel before tirage where 2% of Pinot Précoce (having been vinified as a still red) was added to enhance colour, body and flavour. The wine undergoes second fermentation in bottle and ageing on its lees for 24 months before disgorging with 6g/L dosage.