Coolhurst Demi-Sec Rosé 2016


100% Pinot Noir from the 2016 vintage, with 32 g/l dosage.

As soon as Charlie from @coolhurstvineyards told me they were doing this wine I thought ‘yes’! Their dry wines have offered up such fresh, silky and refined expressions of English Pinot that all the extra dosage does is add a natural, balanced fruit sweetness.

Some classic fresh red fruits as you’d expect, but also ripe red apples, clementine and white peach, a twist of pepper and gingerbread, delicate white rose and meringue. There’s some crabapple jelly, but not a hint of anything wild or herbaceous. No rough edges, just pure delicacy from great fruit and sensitive winemaking ( Ulrich Hoffmann at @hoffmannandrathbone .)

An addictive little redcurrant pip twist pops up on the finish, joining the polished acidity in maintaining proper tension and length, too. This is the first Demi-Sec to properly grab me from the UK. Hats off! 17

Coolhurst Vineyards Lady Elizabeth Rosé 2015

100% Pinot Noir. This is one of England’s finest, a supremely elegant interpretation of the Pinot Noir Rosé style framing wonderful delicacy of fruit in a slightly more serious, developed light than some. A beautiful pale copper, the aromas of raspberry tart and sweet, delicate crabapple jelly and clementine are flecked with tiny touches of allspice and smoke. It’s so perfectly judged, with a beautiful clarity of flavour and a texture like taut silk. Fabulous and drinking perfectly with a little time in bottle.


Date Tasted : 01/11/2019

/ 2015, Coolhurst Vineyards, England, Rosé