Gusbourne Boot Hill Pinot Noir
A really elegant, complex, structured Pinot Noir from... Kent? Absolutely! This is exactly why I love Pinot. There are wonderful layers of bright, crunch red fruit - strawberry and raspberry which are then replaced with intense cherry. These flavours build in the mouth, alongside complementary spice, with hints of vanilla and toasted nut building to add a little prickle of baking spice and pepper towards the finish. Well integrated tannins and great acidity mark this out as a serious wine, with not inconsiderable potential to lay down - if you can lay your own hands off it, that is. A forebear of this wine ignited Simon's love-affair with Gusbourne (you may have noted the enthusiastic approach to the descriptions of Gusbourne on this siteÉ) Realising that an English winery could not only make good red wine, but superb red wine, was quite a revelation. Since then, Gusbourne have really focused their Pinot Noir, now only selecting from the absolutely best vines in their Boot Hill vineyard - which looks out over the Romney Marshes - which act as a very handy heat trap, allowing for full ripening of a the grapes which go into this wine. When I visited Gusbourne and walked around the vineyards with one of the team it was clear how they've achieved such a great result - attention to detail and bags of care at every step. I forget the exact number, but there are many, many clones of Pinot Noir in the vineyards (both Burgundian and Champenois), which were all placed throughout with great consideration of the soil and prevailing conditions. The result is this stunning wine!