I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the Knightor Winery, just outside St Austell in Cornwall. Winemaker David Brocklehurst is making some stunningly good wines unlike anything else being made in England today. This Pinot Noir is no exception.
The combination of 100% Pinot Noir and the exceptional weather in 2018 has created a highly drinkable, light bodied fruity red.
This Pinot Noir was picked with exceptional ripeness levels and fantastic fruit flavours. The grapes were crushed into open topped fermenters where they were fermented at relatively cool temperatures to give the wine freshness and avoid over extraction. During fermentation the cap was gently punched down a couple of times a day with keen eye to the level of extraction from the fruit. After fermentation the cap was gently pressed and the wine was stored for 10 months 60% in French oak barrels the remainder in stainless steel tanks.
The palate is light and full of juicy red fruits and the oak lends some body and provides hints of back pepper.
The wine is unfiltered and unfined, meaning there may be natural sediment in the bottle. To avoid this it's best to decant the wine before drinking.
I would be bold enough to say this is the best English Pinot Noir I have tasted. The ideal red wine to drink slightly chilled on a sunny day!