Martin's Lane VineyardMartin’s Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020


13.5% ABV
Exudes aromas of bright cherry and blueberry matched perfectly to flavours of spice and dried cranberry

2020 was an fabulous vintage for English red wines. This is one of the best.

“Careful selection of three clones of this iconic grape variety has produced a poised and elegant wine revealing rich aromas of ripe red cherries with notes of cooked black cherry fruit on the palate. A wine of great delicacy and balance for those appreciating the distinctive gentle bouquet of traditional Pinot Noir. Another of the very finest from Essex’s Crouch Valley with exciting years still ahead. Truly a wine for all seasons!” Neil Tully MW.

The Martins Lane Vineyard site is situated in a designated Special Landscape Area occupying south and west facing hillside between 20 and 55 metres above sea level with stunning views across the River Crouch estuary in Essex. Importantly for grape production in this country the site benefits climatically through protection from the river tides against spring frosts in a corner of Essex having regularly the warmest temperatures and lowest rainfall in the United Kingdom at less than half a metre per annum. The 30 acres of vineyard has slopes of up to 1 in 6; because of its steep gradients the site had never previously been used for arable farming except for a brief period in the forties during the Second World War. As a result the meadowland retained a good organic top soil layer above the rich local clay and good drainage and high fertility were assured throughout.

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