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Danbury Ridge Pinot Noir 2021

Mix 12
£39.00
Mix 6
£41.00
Per Bottle
£43.00
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Available Wed 21st Feb
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Description & Technical Information
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Danbury Ridge was founded by two generations of the Bunker family: Michael and Heather Bunker and, their daughters Janine and Sophie. While walking with friends on the estate it was suggested that some of the agricultural land owned by the Bunker family may prove an ideal location for growing vines. The fields had long been scorned by local farmers for being lean and arid - a good training ground for racehorses over wet winters, but far from ideal for summer cereal crops. A detailed feasibility study was undertaken, and the conclusions formed the outline of a plan that the family expanded upon over the following years. The first vines were planted in 2014 with a focus on identifying Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones which could best exploit the unique mesoclimate. After just a few seasons the vines were producing grapes of a quality and ripeness previously unseen in the UK; surely England's finest Pinot Noir producer.

Vinification: After handpicking and sorting, the fruit was gently destemmed without crushing to maintain whole berries. The grapes were then gravity-fed into open-top oak and concrete fermenters for 3 to 5 days cold soak. Temperatures were allowed to increase naturally, and the cap received just one to two punch downs per day. Some vats also received extended skin maceration. The wine was transferred to French oak barrels for MLF, battonage and 12 months ageing, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The Vineyards: Fruit for the 2021 Pinot Noir was carefully selected from across the Danbury Ridge estate. Despite their close proximity, the three estate vineyards display a rich and varied geology with individual mesoclimates. Glaciofluvial deposits of sandy gravel dominate the easterly Polo Field while loamy, carbonate rich clay of the estate’s Sleipnir Block reins exclusively to the west.

Weather: 2021 was a tale of two halves. Low yields and extremely vigilant vineyard management were essential due to the cool start to the growing season along with Spring frosts. Recorded highs were needed in September and October, and Danbury got them. On the Danbury Ridge estate, growing degree days were higher than 2018 and 2020 at picking. Sugar levels were lower than usual because of a cold summer, but phenolic ripeness and flavour profiles were extremely good resulting in a delightful balance of acidity and sugar. With gentle vinification, respectful of the vintage, the wines will retain their freshness and bright fruit.

Technical Information:
Region: Crouch Valley, Essex
Sub Region: Danbury
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
pH: 3.59
TA: 5g/L
ABV: 13%
Production: 8251 Bottles
Drink: Now to 2032

Tasting Note: Pure, fresh mid crimson. Nose is positively rich! Then very fresh (but not tart) and almost mineral on the end. Really pretty and fresher than the 2018. Hint of cinnamon. - Tasted by Jancis Robinson
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Expert Reviews
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Pure, fresh mid crimson. Nose is positively rich! Then very fresh (but not tart) and almost mineral on the end. Really pretty and fresher than the 2018. Hint of cinnamon.”
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