Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

This is just a perfectly assembled ripe fruit bowl: juicy red pear, white peach and a lovely summer pudding of redcurrant and strawberry. There’s a pale pastry warmth just around the edges, and this lovely fragrant clementine sweetness that seems to pop up in this cuvée. Just a touch of that English sense of hedgerow and sage, but it isn’t at all herbal or rustic – it’s all about beautiful clarity and balance, and doesn’t go ‘sweet ‘n sour’ despite both acidity and dosage being over 10 g/l. It is a marvel, this wine.

17

Date Tasted : 10/10/2019

/ 2016, Camel Valley, England, Rosé

Camel Valley Cornwall Brut 2015

50% Seyval Blanc, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir. This is really well made, showing how Seyval Blanc can mingle with the Champagne grapes effectively. Gentle yellow citrus and floral, herbal touches. The palate is lithe but complete, just showing a touch more creamy weight than the younger wines. My favourite of the Camel Valley Blancs, not concerned with furrowed-brow seriousness but guaranteed to please.

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Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ 2015, Camel Valley, England, Other

Camel Valley Annie’s Anniversary 2016

Annie’s Anniversary 2016 is made from 100% Seyval Blanc from the vineyards at the estate, so called as Annie Lindo has been pruning these vines since they were planted! It’s less herbal than some Seyval, with attractive pear fruit and a gentle flinty smokiness. A touch vegetal (in a nice way) with a friendly, playful dosage.

15.5

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ 2016, Camel Valley, England, Other

Camel Valley White Pinot 2015

The White Pinot 2014 is 100% Pinot Noir from the estate, showing quite quiet yellow apple and stone fruits with some gentle fresh strawberry sweetness and herbal touches. Bright, balanced and quite tight – it’s good but the Rosé has the extra star quality.

15.5

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ 2015, Blanc de Noirs, Camel Valley, England

Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2015

Made in Cornwall with grapes from across Southern England (lots from Essex I hear). What appears to be quite a fun, fruit-driven wine on the nose does start to throw up some lovely complex shades with a bit of time in the glass. There’s strawberry macaroon and redcurrant fruit at first, together with this very English hedgerow fruit character (crabapple/hawthorn jelly*). Behind it all there’s sweetness of clementine and ripe pink grapefruit as well as little touches of spice and cream. Fresh, straightforward and balanced on the palate, which is quite tight right now.

16.5

Date Tasted : 04/01/2020

/ 2015, Camel Valley, England, Rosé