Why we love it
This best-selling, award-winning wine has received rave reviews from far and wide, demonstrating a uniquely English profile for this temperamental grape variety. The harvest of 2019 yielded fruit forward berries, creating a wine that balances acidity, light tannins and a touch of toast from its time in French oak.
At the recent 2021 Wines of Great Britain Awards, Whitehall Vineyard took home six gongs. Their Pinot Noir 2019 received a sliver award, one of only a small handful of still English wines to do so across the board.
On the nose, there are aromas of cooked strawberries, fresh redcurrant, raspberry and a hint of pencil shavings.
On the palate, at 11.5% ABV, this is a delicate wine yet as a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Rondo, it punches above a typical English Pinot, driven by the inkier and rounder Rondo. The flavour profile is typical of a savoury Pinot Noir with tart strawberry, notes of dark plum that softens into toast and vanilla, opening after time with a lingering Christmas spice and mulled wine.
A good match for…
Wintery evenings around the table or by the fire. With its soft tannins, this food-friendly wine is the perfect pairing for roast duck, lamb or pheasant, a shepherd’s pie or even a creamy vegetable pasta dish. Place the bottle outside for an hour to give it a slight chill, which will to add to the complexity of its profile.