Flint Vineyards, Pinot Noir Précoce, Norfolk, England, 2021
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Pinot Noir Précoce is an early ripening relative of Pinot Noir that is perfectly suited to England’s climate. When cropped low and looked after in the vineyard it can produce exquisite red wines in the style of a Beaujolais Cru.
This wine is produced using a combination of Beaujolaise and Burgundian techniques that Ben at Flint learnt first hand in France. The grapes are fermented partially as whole bunches and partially as de-stemmed and crushed berries. The wine is then allowed to age for 6 months in neutral oak barrels.
The wine is naturally low in acidity with soft tannins making this a silky smooth wine. It is full of sour cherry fruits and a hint of spice with a delicate earthy, toasty background. It will drink well young but, as many people don’t often appreciate, like a good Beaujolais it will age beautifully.