Matthew Jukes’ Pinot Noir article in Vineyard Magazine features Chartham Vineyard’s 2018 Pinot Noir
I have called in a lot of English and Welsh wines to taste at home recently because there have been no press tastings for nearly a year and this is one of the stand-out wines.
I always pay particular attention to the Pinot Noirs not least because they are few and far between. It is nice to note than the skinny, green, mean styles of yesteryear are on the wane and yet there are still only a few examples which are genuinely plush and aromatically alluring.
The reason why this new release from Chartham has gained a first ever write up for this winery from your correspondent is that it ticks all of the Pinot boxes and it is also well under twenty quid. This is quite an achievement these days, so sommeliers, in particular, take note because when our restaurants finally open this will be a killer wine on each and every top-end wine list.
With a vivid crimson colour, an edgy, Auxey-Duresses feel, bright red cherry notes and a nice slender finish, this is a thoroughly engaging red and one which I hope will fly out of the Chartham cellar door because it deserves to gain legions of fans.