Rob Buckhaven, brand ambassador for Rathfinny said the still Pinot Noir Précoce wine is used to give the company’s sparkling rosé its colour. However, the winery was encouraged to release the red after tastings with the trade.
He described the 2018 vintage as a “one-off” thanks to a generous year.
‘It’s still rare to find good English red,’ he told Imbibe. ‘[Pinot Noir] is a hard grape to grow, especially if you want that Burgundian, savoury element. For us, we wanted plenty of fruit.’
Buckhaven said the Cradle Valley Pinot Noir 2018 release is limited to 1,500 bottles for the trade.
On tasting, we found the wine had plenty of wild strawberry and creamy yogurt notes, with a touch of vanilla spice and a slightly plummy depth. One to drink now.
11.5% abv, POA, Gonzalez Byass UK