Litmus Red Pinot English Red 2018


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Litmus Red Pinot, English Red, England, 2018  

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir grown in Kent, aged in used French oak (1-5 years' old).

The first Litmus Pinot since the 2014 vintage. Hot and dry weather made this a good vintage in England. Made at Denbies. Winemaker John Worontschak, who wrote: 'Hand-picked bunches were lightly crushed and destemmed, cold-soaked, and punched down for fermentation on skins then pressed for MLF into new and older French oak barriques. This was followed with a further 21 months of élevage in oak and four months on cork before release.'

"Light cherry red. Pretty red fruit – cherry and cranberry – but not just pretty. Also a light and attractive earthiness and delicate spice, perhaps a slight note of vanilla, though the oak is well integrated and in the background. This is really moreish. Fresh and with a depth of ripe fruit that is rare from English Pinot Noir. Silky texture but sufficient structure to age well, I think. Definitely more Burgundian than stereotypical New World in its fruit profile and shape. Very good with a long, mouth-watering finish." 16.5/20 points, Julia Harding MW,, October 2020.

“This is one of the best Pinot Noirs I’ve tried from the UK… lovely aromas of sweet cherry fruits with a hint of sappy greenness and some undergrowth notes...Very stylish and quite elegant.”  92/100 points – Dr Jamie Goode,, September 2021.

Litmus Red Pinot has been hailed by The Independent as one of the “best English red wines”. 2018 is widely acknowledged to be one the greatest vintages in England, making this probably one of the finest red wines in the UK to date.

Drink with light game dishes, charcuterie and full fat, hard cheeses.

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