A refined English red from an extraordinary English vineyard close to the Essex Coast. Only 3351 bottles produced - 12 months in oak - and a natural 13.5% reflecting the warm 2018 vintage. Shut your eyes and dream of Burgundy.
Tim Aktin score 93/100.
The 2018 vintage was an excellent growing season. The intense cold and heavy snowfall brought on by the “Beast from the East” delayed the growing season and crucially meant frost at bud-burst was avoided. The warm temperatures and dry conditions prevailed into summer and our vineyards’ experienced 1,039 growing degree days. This long vegetative cycle allowed for slower grape maturation, enhancing flavour development. Near perfect conditions at harvest has resulted in wines that exhibit elegant textures and a generous fruit profile making 2018 a vintage of an exceptional nature that will allow for cellaring.
The Octagon Block is the most established vineyard on the estate with an eclectic soil profile. Spanning over 12 acres, most of the vines sit on glaciofluvial sediments of sandy gravel, known as Danbury Gravel, that accumulated during the last Ice Age, and clay outcrops at the lower, southern end. Clay is renowned for producing powerful wines and gravel pulls in the opposite direction. Planted at low density, the Octagon Block has proven itself capable of producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that are exceptionally rich and complex.
The fruit was handpicked and sorted in the vineyard and winery. Grapes received 100% destemming but no crushing to maintain whole berries. Using gravity the grapes were transferred to open-top fermenters for cold soak. Temperatures were allowed to increase naturally, but kept very cool for fermentation. After fermentation, wine was transferred to barrels for MLF, battonage and 12 months ageing. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Barrel aged: 100% French oak for 12 months pH: 3.53 TA: 5.1 g/L Alcohol: 13.5%
Showcasing notes of black cherry mixed with aromas of plum and mint. Hints of wood spices and cedar add complexity to the aromatics. Black fruits dominate the palate with silky smooth tannins and a fresh acidity that leaves a lasting impression on the finish.
RELEASE DATE: Autumn 2021 • BOTTLES PRODUCED: 3351