`Manor` Pinot Noir

Southern England

Hush Heath Estate

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Vineyards

All vineyards are located on the 400 acre estate in the heart of Kent. Wealden clay soils overlay Tunbridge Wells sand. Vines are trellised using the double guyot method with vertical shot positioning. Planting density is 3300 vines per hectare and the whole estate is managed sustainably.

Vintage Information

2015 was a long year in the vineyard; late flowering with good fruit set and changeable weather led to a very late harvest as the grapes were coaxed to their optimum ripeness. Harvest of the specially selected burgundy clones in the Middle Strackney Wood vineyard took place between the 24th to 29th of October.

Vinification

The hand-picked grapes were de-stemmed and crushed to the red fermenters. There followed a brief and relatively cool fermentation (26-28°C) before draining, and a short period in tank and 10% in new American oak. Malolactic fermentation took place to to add body and complexity to the wine.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red, with a very clean and aromatic nose. Classic cool climate Pinot characteristics with cherry, leather and hints of raspberry. The palate is light and fresh, ripe red berry and redcurrant flavours supported by a touch of spicy pepperiness. Good length, showing flavours of raspberry, black pepper and sublte mint.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Southern England
Winemaker Victoria Ash
Alcohol (ABV) 11%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 12g/l
Wine pH 3.6