Country: England Region: West Sussex
Varietal: Pinot Blanc
Vintage: 2018 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Stopham Estate Winery
Very special wines are coming of Simon Woodhead’s exciting project that is Stopham Estate. Stopham is known locally for its ancient buildings that were recorded in the Domesday Book, as well as the swans that swim the River Arun, the banks of which form the lower boundary to the vineyards. Simon’s small winery is in a converted barn on the estate. His Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are some of the best still wines from England. The Pinot Blanc has purity reminiscent of New Zealand, with the freshness of the Loire. The fruit character, however, is very English however, with aromas of white flowers and hedgerow, flavours of orchard fruits and refreshing alcohols of just over 10%.
A lovely pale lemon colour in the glass with fresh perfumes of pear. On the palate, pink
grapefruit, melon and sweet fennel combine with a zippy acidity. Well balanced, the wine has a succulent sweetness which lasts well into the lengthy finish.
Food Matches: Seafood / Aperitif / White Meat ABV: 11%