Camel Valley, Pinot Noir Rosé Brut
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After Bob Lindo let the RAF and decided to plant 8,000 vines in 1989, little did he know how successful his startup would become. There have been numerous medals through the years, capped by a gold at the 2009 Decanter awards for their still Bacchus. Bob’s son Sam won the English wine producer’s trophy as well as the same year and a year later in 2010, they beat champagne houses Bollinger and Roederer to the title of Best International Traditional Method Sparkling Wine at the World Sparkling Wine Championships. The vineyard has now received Sustainable Wines of Great Britain (SWGB) certification – one of only 12 in the UK and the only one in Cornwall. They also became the first English wine producer to be granted a royal warrant in 2018.
The grapes for this sparkling Pinot Noir were crushed to retain more of the special fruit characters that are unique to grapes grown in Cornwall. The by-product of this is a delicate pink colour. Only the free run juice is used for the sparkling wine with the pressed juice going to still wine. The juice is cooled to 4C to retain the delicate fruit aromas. The ferment temperature is only allowed to rise to 13C resulting in more fruit character in the base wine. This wine has spent 12 months on the lees for fruit freshness and resulting in a fresh yeasty character.
This is a really individual Cornish style in the best possible way. Characteristic aromas of wild strawberries and raspberries , very well balanced with a pure, refreshing finish. Mouth-watering.