In a nutshell: A quintessential cool climate Pinot Noir from the heart of the Sussex countryside.
The lowdown: From Bolney Estate in Sussex this is a fresh and fragrant light to medium bodied wine which is full of red cherry flavours and hints of cedar and toasted oak which give a lovely complexity to the overall bouquet and palate. It's gentle, soft tannins give it good balance as it signs off with smooth and creamy finish.
When to drink: Light with an interesting complexity it goes well with chicken, rabbit and other game dishes.
The estate, located in the village of the same name on the edge of the South Downs about 30 minutes north of Brighton is in the heart of England's wine producing district.
Established back in 1972 it predates the current upsurge in the English wine industry however under Sam Linter, daughter of founders Janet and Rodney, and who now heads up the winemaking operations the estate has kept its finger on the pulse of modern practices and standards. Without doubt Bolney ranks among the foremost of English wine estates in both quality and ambition and they've done much to raise the reputation of English wine as a whole.
In contrast to many they don't concentrate on sparkling wines alone and they also produce high quality still red whites and rosés to the same exacting standards many of which are repeat award winners.