Red Pinot Noir 2018

Red Pinot Noir 2018


This is a very approachable, instantly recognisable cool climate Pinot Noir with aromas of spice (black and white pepper), red sweet cherry, blueberry and subtle violet on the nose and a delicate, light, crisp and refreshing palate.  Try it served chilled on a hot day or at room temperature an hour after opening.

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To learn more about our Red Pinot Noir please watch our ‘1 Minute Tasting’ video presented by our Consultant Winemaker, Salvatore Leone:

Suggested food pairings range from game to grilled vegetables: duck, pork, veal, chicken, rabbit, venison, tuna, salmon, mackerel, calamari and more.   We feel it matches particularly well with lightly spiced Asian food.

  • ABV 12%
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Oaked: 100% matured in mix of new and old French barriques for 12 months
  • pH: 3.5
  • Drinking Window: Now to 5 years
  • Vegan

Winemaking Notes: This wine is made from selected areas of our vineyard planted with two low yielding Burgundian clones of Pinot Noir which we use for both still and sparkling wines.  Fermented in open top containers, manual punch downs were used to ensure gentle and gradual extraction with regular tastings to avoid over extraction.  This was followed by 100% barrel maturation for 12 months in French oak barriques with monthly lees stirring and topping.   The wine underwent malolactic fermentation over the summer months of 2019 whilst in barrel.

For this first batch of Red Pinot we trialled a range of different yeasts, punch down protocols and oak type and time exposures to identify superior batches for this and future development.   Our final blend was selected from just 11 out of the 20 barrels filled.   Each barrel had a slightly different profile adding complexity to the overall blend.  Prior to bottling, the wine only received minimal filtration to preserve its integrity and has subsequently spent 6 months in bottle prior to release.

There are two good options for serving this wine. Try it chilled from the fridge….perfect in the Summer, or open an hour before drinking and serve at room temperature for the full depth of fruit to be revealed. Both work well and showcase how interesting it is to try wines at different temperatures.


  1. Callum Edge

    Lovely and bright with crunchy red fruit with a bit of pepper spice and earthiness. Soft on the palate, but with a touch of grippy tannins. A really pretty, more-ish wine and one of the best English Pinots I’ve tasted!

  2. Phillip Dennett, Wine Writer

    This is a wine with two faces. It is light bodied but with plenty of fresh clean fruit, hinting of red berries. Taken at room temperature it adopts serious Pinot Noir mode and needs food to bring out its best. Hunters chicken was at hand and there was enough backbone in the wine to handle the richness of the BBQ sauce and melted cheese topping. Chilled for about an hour it takes on a different dimension and transforms into a really appetising, invigorating drink on its own, terrific on a hot day. I’d like to see it paired with smoked salmon and scrambled egg. So, not so much a wine that falls between two stools, but one that sits on both of them comfortably.

  3. Anne McHale, MW

    It has a lovely elegance, perfume and delicacy, much like Alsace Pinots I’ve tried before. I loved the lower alcohol too. Because of its light style and crisp acidity it makes a lovely summery red for chilling.

  4. Kerry Richardson

    Tried Albourne Estate red Pinot Noir against a cold climate Patagonian Pinot Noir in a blind tasting and much preferred Albourne Estate’s. It was fruity and light and totally delicious.

  5. Sarah Abbott MW

    Hoping to catch the very pretty colour of this delicate but delicious Pinot Noir from…England. Gently floral, tippy-toed, fresh but not bony. Understated seductive character.

  6. John Mobbs of Great British Wine

    The wine is a light ruby colour and is slightly cloudy due to Albourne wanting to preserve the wine’s concentration and integrity. The nose is immediately grabbing, with a fusion of red fruits, cracked black pepper, pencil shavings and some light earthy tones.

    For a wine so delicate in complexion, the palate packs quite some depth. Initially, there are tangy red summer berry flavours of cranberry and raspberry, but these soften to a rather supple cherry-laced mid-taste. Overall, it’s a fine example of English Pinot, with decent length thanks to prominent tannin and savoury textures. REVIEW by John MObbS at GREAT BRITISH WINE

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