Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"The 2019 Pinot Noir delivers an impressive wine. Incredibly perfumed with sandal wood and violets, underlined by wild cranberry aromas. On the palate it has complex fruit flavours, a wonderful savoury element, a hint of very delicate Darjeeling tea, very textural and poised with mouth-watering tannins and a fine long finish. A fine delicate pinot noir that really shows off the best of the Churton terroir.
All parcels are picked separately by hand as they reach ripeness. The grapes are gently destemmed upon arrival at the winery then tipped into open fermenters. The fruit is handled very minimally until natural fermentation occurs through indigenous yeast. This is usually seven to ten days following harvest. During the fermentation itself, the must is plunged gently only twice daily. The wine remained on skins after fermentation for a further two weeks before pressing – total time on skins is typically 28 days, a lunar month. Our 2019 Pinot Noir was aged in seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months and achieved a natural malolactic fermentation in spring. Racked once, our Pinot was bottled in July 2020."
Rated Outstanding & 95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Fantastic bouquet – focused, pure, ripe, varietal and complex with aromas of wild berries and fresh red flowers, silt stony minerality, mushroom and fine oak complexity. On the palate – complex, detailed and texture driven. Flavours of berries and dried herb, stony silty soils and baking spices of clove. Tannins are abundant, firm and ripe, acidity medium+. Lengthy finish with a mealy textured mouthfeel. Well made and ready to enjoy from late 2021 through 2029+."