“This finely-drawn Pinot Gris has a gentle, floral character on the nose and on the palate shows a steely core wrapped by an exotic ripe pear fruit character, with excellent length and concentration; a true “vin de gastronomie”!” Neil Tully MW. The Martin’s 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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Martin’s Lane was established as a partnership in 2008 and is formed of a small group of families, friends and relatives, the majority of whom live in the village of Stow Maries near Maldon in Essex...Browse Wines