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Crow's Lane Pinot Noir 2020, Essex

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Crow's Lane Pinot Noir 2020, Essex

£45.00 Single Bottle
£40.50 Any 6 Mix
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The Couch Valley in Essex is gaining recognition as possibly the best place in England to grow grapes for still wines. It is one of the driest and warmest parts of the UK with clay-based soil which are ideal for growing Pinot Noir.

For this wine, all the grapes came from a single vineyard site, Crow's Lane. A beautiful, long, hot summer in 2020 enabled the grapes to fully ripen on the vine, resulting in intensity of flavour and body. Harvesting took place between 8th and 17th October. The grapes are all Spätburgunder clones and the wine aims to showcase the terroir of this small piece of Essex.

The colour is deep ruby. On the nose there are delightful perfumed aromas of aromas of crushed cherries, blackcurrant and cuban tobacco. The palate reveals damsons, mulberry, blackcurrant and raspberry, with a top note of wild strawberry. Seventy percent of the wine was aged in french oak with the remainder in american oak all of which combines to give a wonderful underbelly of vanilla and sweet spices.

This is a wine which takes you on a journey - which you don't expect from an English red wine - although seemingly expensive it's worth every penny.

In the press

“Tobacco leaf and pressed cherries, autumn smoke. Really elegant, translucent; beautiful juice, long and even languid in the mouth. Fine, fine tannins. A sweetness and tracing paper-fine press of blue ink and cherry tobacco. I was taken aback by the price of this wine but it is pretty damn impressive.” – Jancis Robinson

 

Quick Info

Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13
BIN: BTL-0355
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Style: Red

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Essex, England

Essex may be the best site for still wine grapes in England. The vineyards are concentrated in the Crouch Valley which is one of the driest and warmest parts of the UK.

Many of the vineyard sell their grapes rather than make their own wines, so often you may not be aware that the wine you are drinking is using grapes from Essex.

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Pinot Noir

When made well, Pinot Noir shines. When young it has delicious aromas of cherries, raspberries, and strawberries.

As the wine ages, it will develop complexity and mystery. It has the capacity to become a gamey style of wine. It will show notes of autumn, truffles and mushrooms, especially when originating from the top vineyards of Burgundy. 

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James Lambert, Lyme Bay Wines

Lyme Bay produce the best wines made from the best fruit grown by the best growers in the best locations. The winemakers work with a group of outstanding growers with vineyards all over England who plant the right grapes for the climate they are in to get the best ripeness to produce the best raw materials to craft outstanding wine to delight your palate.