Balfour ‘The Suitcase Pinot Noir’, 2018 Kent, England
- Vintage: 2018
- Origin: Hush Heath Estate, Fox Ridge, Kent, England
- Taste guide: Ruby garnet in colour, dry, fresh, light bodied, and lightly oaked; this reminded us of a superb Burgundy. Silky smooth palate with flavours of plum, truffle and thyme with a light, long, subterranean, earthy finish.
- Food match: Pair with game or duck for a memorable meal.
- Can be served slightly chilled if preferred, especially on a hot day!
- 75cl - 12.6% - Traditional Cork Opening
- Only 5000 bottles made.
Planted by winemaker, Owen Elias, on the Hush Heath Estate at Fox Ridge. Done correctly, Pinot Noir in England is well worth a try when compared to Burgundy. The quality is there when the right "Clones" are grown.
"The name refers to the ‘suitcase clones’ (in the case of this wine, Dijon 828 and 777), which were said to be initially taken from Grand Cru Burgundy vineyards then smuggled to America hidden in suitcases in the 1960s. Aged half-and-half in French and American oak, the Pinot Noir features an outburst of savoury, meaty scents, in addition to dried roses, smoked red cherry and bacon notes on the nose and the palate, dusted by crushed almonds, liquorice and cinnamon. The intense red berry fruits are supported by fine-grained tannins and a decent level of acidity (4.6g/l). Long and spicy on the finish." 92/100 points, Sylvia Wu, Decanter.com, June 2021.
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