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Knightor Pinot Noir 2018, Cornwall

Knightor Pinot Noir 2018, Cornwall

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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.

English Red Wine

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!

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Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 12%

At Knightor Vineyard a relatively hands-off approach to winemaking is taken. Although inspiration is taken from both old and new world, there is no desire to mimic the style of another country. The team believe that the difference with English wine is the lightness and elegance of style – this is their hallmark and what they do best.

The marginal Cornish climate gives naturally low grape yields which maximise taste but increase cost, thus they only make wines that are true to the fruit and retain an elegance that is part of the inherent character of English wine.

Take a look at our full range of Knightor Vineyard wines.