Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most popular wine grape varieties, whose home is Burgundy, and which has spread across the globe. When you imagine a glass of Pinot Noir, I’m sure the picture in your mind is of a red wine. But it’s actually possible to make white wine from red grapes, and English wine producers have made a niche speciality out of crafting still white Pinot Noir wines.
So how do you make Pinot Noir white? It’s easy – you just squeeze the juice out of the grape, and ferment this without contact with the grape skin, which is the part of the grape that contains the red colouring. 99% of red grapes have clear juice, not red juice, and Pinot Noir is in the 99%.
Doing this for sparkling wines has been common for centuries – in Champagne, the style is known as “Blanc de Noirs” – white from black. It is much rarer for still wines. Here is our selection of wonderful English white Pinot Noirs:
Pale straw in colour with some evident peach, honeysuckle and smoky characteristics. Litmus White Pinot is made from 100% Pinot Noir that was gently handled throughout the winemaking process. The wine was fermented and matured in 2-5 year old French oak barriques and remained on full lees for 14 months prior to bottling. This complex wine displays a fullness and roundness rarely found in English wines. The palate is structured, full bodied, rich and silky with a steely backbone of acidity and layered nuances of multifaceted almost red wine characters. It will hold up to being enjoyed with hearty full flavoured dishes and cheeses.
A light, delicate and subtle wine pressed very gently from whole bunches of Pinot Noir, it displays evocative aromas of rose petal, maraschino cherry & redcurrant on the nose. A proportion of the wine underwent malo-lactic fermentation providing an added creaminess on the palate which reminds us of English raspberries and cream, backed by a pleasing smooth freshness.
A unique white wine carefully pressed from beautifully ripened Pinot Noir grapes exuding red berry fruit aromas with strawberry, raspberry and cherry to the fore. The palate is mouthwateringly crisp and refined with subliminal hints of vanillin oak ensuring a long finish. A complex and exciting wine that will drink well from an early stage but with further improvement assured for many years to come.