Flint Vineyard Charmat Rosé 2019


12.00% ABV
Sweetness and acidity in perfect balance; forest fruits linger long on the palate

Based in the sunny and sheltered Waveney Valley in South Norfolk, overlooking the villages of Earsham and Bungay, Flint Vineyard’s winemaker Ben Witchell crafts wines using a blend of innovation and a respect for tradition. The vineyard site was selected as one of the driest and sunniest regions in England and the south-east facing vines are planted on free-draining gravel and flint soil. Charmat is the name of the French man who optimised and patented the method used in the production of Prosecco. The Charmat method, as it is known, involves a secondary fermentation in the tank rather than the bottle, the latter being the traditional method used in Champagne. By fermenting in this manner and releasing the wine earlier, a more fruit-driven style of wine is produced. This is the first English Charmat method wine to have been put into fermentation in England. Although similar in method to Prosecco, it is very different. A beautiful pink colour, the wine is full of forest fruits with a hint of minerality. The residual sugar balances the crisp acidity and the palate has a balanced texture and long finish.

www.jancisrobinson.com review: A very loud rhubarb pink! Pin bright on the nose and on the palate. Piercing fruit that tastes very much like jostaberries (I have a bowl of ripe jostaberries picked this week from my garden – they are quite unique!) with their sweet-yet-tangtastic blackcurranty, rhubarby, gooseberry flavour. Some ruby-grapefruit acidity and then the fruit turns more and more maraschino-cherried as the wine warms and opens in the glass. Not remotely Prosecco-like. Pizzicato! 16.5/20 (Tamlyn Currin)

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