Albourne Estate White Pinot Noir 2017 is a true white wine this year. It has stunning aromas of mulberry, apricot and peaches. On the palate the fruit elements develop a greater richness giving the wine a generous mouth feel that leads into a long fresh finish. It has complexity, a lovely texture and excellent length and beautiful balance. It is made from grapes from a burgundy clone Pinot Noir and whole bunch pressed. An appealing, enigmatic, dry English white wine.
Another excellent wine from the Albourne Estate. If you are a fan of English wine – or you don’t believe English wine can be just as good as comparably priced white wine from other countries – you should try this high-quality White Pinot Noir from the small, but great quality, 2017 vintage. There were excellent ripeness levels in the Pinot Noir grapes in 2017, producing clean, fresh and vibrant wines.
“Lovely on the nose with aromas of white flower, citrus, hints of cherry and a sweeter fruity edge with a flinty mineral edge. Every wine in this range from Albourne is quite distinct – and the mineral edge I observed with their Bacchus is really showing through again here. The hints of red fruit are there throughout; strawberry, with top notes of cranberry and tangy cherry It’s got that rosé charm, but with just that something extra. Another excellent wine from Albourne.” John Mobbs of Great British Wine
This wine was one of three identified by Matthew Jukes in his article “Summer Stills” in July 2018. He picked 3 English wines that he describes as “incredibly rewarding, which comfortably conform to the lofty French “qualité prix” (ie quality/value) ratio.
“we strive to produce the best quality we can at the best price we can… English wine needs to be established as a regular choice, not a very occasional try-this-once-because-it’s-local-choice” Alison Nightingale.
With these mantras in place, backing up a flavour which is truly enthralling and unique, Albourne is set for stardom. Matthew Jukes; The Vineyard Magazine, July 2018
Albourne Estate has just under 11 hectares (30 acres) in gently rolling hills, near Hassocks in West Sussex, with stunning views to the Devils Dyke. The vineyards were planted in 2010 when Alison Nightingale (co-owner) finally found the site she had been looking for which ticked all the boxes to provide excellent drainage, low frost risk and maximum sun exposure, critical factors in achieving successful vine growth and grape ripeness at this northerly latitude. 2013 was their first vintage; this has been followed by the warmer and excellent 2014 vintage.
The striking labels feature wildlife that are regularly seen in the Albourne Estate and are painted by a local artist. This wine features a common blue butterfly. We also stock Albourne Estate Bacchus which features a stunning Buzzard, Albourne Estate Selection with a Green Woodpecker, and Albourne Cellar Selection a dandelion, on their respective labels.
Food match: Terrific aperitif and equally good with seafood, salads and chicken dishes.