Martin's Lane Pinot Noir 2020, Essex

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Martin's Lane Pinot Noir 2020, Essex

£45.00 Single Bottle
£40.50 Any 6 Mix
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This is a wine made to showcase the potential for English red wine. All the grapes come from a single vineyard, Martin's Lane, in the Crouch Valley, Essex. The vineyard is planted on clay soils in one of the hotest and driest parts of England. The proximity of the River Crouch keeps the frost at bay and moderates the temperatures. It's why the Crouch Valley is seen as being the best place to grow still wine grapes in the UK.

A beautiful, long, hot summer in 2020 enabled the grapes to fully ripen on the vine, resulting in an wonderful intensity of flavour and body. The grapes are all Spätburgunder still wine clones which where harvested on October 9th, 17th and 18th.

In the glass the colour is deep ruby red. On the nose there are aromas of ripe cherries, dark chocolate and cedar wood. The palate has notes of undergrowth with dark brambly fruits, cherries, blackcurrant and some raspberry. Time spent in larger 400 litre oak gives the wine a toasty vanilla note and subtle spiciness.

In the Press

“This is a serious Pinot Noir, and I sort of wish that I’d tasted it blind. There’s a touch of coffee, spice and woodsmoke on the nose supporting aromatic black cherries and blackberries. The palate has a lovely sleek cherry fruit core with a smooth, sweetly fruited mid-palate, and then finishes taut and focused, with some spicy framing. This is glossy, pure, alluring and fully ripe. Where would I place it, tasted blind? Probably Central Otago, as there’s freshness but also a dark fruit core. Perhaps the lively acid line on the finish gives its origin away, but I’m really impressed. 93/100” – Jamie Goode

Quick Info

Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 12.5
BIN: BTL-0356
Current Stock: 2
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.


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. 


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.