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Riverview Crouch Valley Pinot Noir 2021, Essex

Riverview Crouch Valley Pinot Noir 2021, Essex

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The Crouch Valley is thought to be the best place in England to make still wines. The Riverview vineyards are set in 11 acres of south-westerly slopes overlooking the beautiful River Crouch. Husband and wife team Umut and Katie Yesil specialise in small-batch, single varietal still wine.

The Pinot Noir grapes were hand-harvested at the beginning of November 2021. Allowing the grapes to hang on the vines for as long as possible allowed the fruit to reach peak ripeness - something that is not possible in many other English vineyards.

The wine was fermented in small batches (only 900 bottles were produced). The fermenting grapes were regularly punched-down, which helps to extract flavour and structure. After fermentation the wine was transferred to French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels, which gives the wine a fuller, softer profile, and then 12 months ageing to further improve the profile.

The result is a wine with delicate floral notes and lifted aromas of strawberry, red currant and cranberry. The oak is well integrated adding a hint of smoke and sweet spices. The finish is long and lingering.

Although delicious now, this will age.

Pair this with a great quality, simply cooked grilled steak, or roast chicken.

Quick Information

Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 12.5%
Current Stock: 12
BIN: BTL-0474
Style: Red
Vegetarian: Yes
Vegan: Yes
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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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Katie and Usmut, Riverview Crouch Valley

The vineyard was established in 2017 by Umut and Katie Yesil. The idea began as a conversation around the kitchen table with Katie’s father Billy (a third-generation arable farmer).

The family converted 11 acres of their arable land into a vineyard. The Crouch Valley offers an incredible grape-growing microclimate, benefitting from its close proximity to the river.