Rathfinny Cradle Valley Pinot Noir 2018 75cl 11.5% ABV
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Rathfinny Cradle Valley Pinot Noir, Sussex, England
This is an incredibly limited release with just one barrel produced by up-and-coming winery Rathfinny. Mark and Sarah Driver planted their first vines in East Sussex as recently as 2012, and now supply some of London's top hotels and restaurants. Their sparkling wines can stand up to the best of Champagne, but this limited release Pinot Noir is particularly exciting.
During the 2018 heatwave summer, winemaker Mark Driver saw an opportunity to make his very first Pinot Noir, with no expense spared on the grape selection and the barrel used to mature the wine. The result is astonishing and stood out as one of the most exciting wines our buyer tasted this year.
The wine has particularly heady aromas and flavors of wild strawberries and raspberries, succulent cherries, and playful peppery spice. The finish is both long and silky smooth, thanks to the careful integration of tannin and acidity. It really beggars that this wine is just 11.5% abv considering the complexity and concentration of flavours that the wine delivers.
This would be an ideal accompaniment for butterfly lamb, barbeque chicken or moussaka, but is also sheer hedonism on its own.