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Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2018

Sparkling Wine from England
Elegant and eminently drinkable pinot noir rosé from the masters of the style, Camel Valley. A distinctive traditional method sparkling wine showing generous wild strawberry and raspberries on the palate thanks to the warm 2018 vintage, whilst also providing freshness and structure. One of England's finest rosé sparklers.
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Code: SG3091

Wine characteristics

  • Sparkling Wine
  • Dry
  • Pinot Noir
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Champagne cork

England

Thanks to a combination of warmer, drier summers, better understanding of soils and micro-climates, and heavy and intelligent investment in vineyards and wineries, English and Welsh wines are now better than ever.

There are now more than 500 vineyards planted totaling over 2,000 hectares, with a 75% increase in the last six years alone. Because of our northerly latitude and maritime island climate, site selection is crucial. Not surprisingly, the majority of vineyards are found in the English southern counties of Sussex, Kent, Gloucester and Hampshire though there are some found as far north as Yorkshire.

Styles of wine

English and Welsh wine producers as a whole continue to make major improvements to their wines, but it is the producers of premium sparkling wines which have received the most accolades in recent years, blazing a trail for the industry as a whole to be given the serious attention it deserves.


Sparkling wine - This is a major growth area for the UK with our climate...
Thanks to a combination of warmer, drier summers, better understanding of soils and micro-climates, and heavy and intelligent investment in vineyards and wineries, English and Welsh wines are now better than ever.

There are now more than 500 vineyards planted totaling over 2,000 hectares, with a 75% increase in the last six years alone. Because of our northerly latitude and maritime island climate, site selection is crucial. Not surprisingly, the majority of vineyards are found in the English southern counties of Sussex, Kent, Gloucester and Hampshire though there are some found as far north as Yorkshire.

Styles of wine

English and Welsh wine producers as a whole continue to make major improvements to their wines, but it is the producers of premium sparkling wines which have received the most accolades in recent years, blazing a trail for the industry as a whole to be given the serious attention it deserves.


Sparkling wine - This is a major growth area for the UK with our climate well-suited to the production of sparkling wine which accounts for 66% of total output. But it is the premium, bottle-fermented wines that have made the rest of the world sit up and take notice. Sussex and the South Downs are perfect for growing the classic mix of Champagne grapes, chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. The South Downs are actually on the same geological formation (limestone on top of a sandstone belt) that continues down through the east of France to Champagne. However, this type of soil is not everything and many vines for top bubbly made over here are grown on very different, often clay-based soils quite different from the Champagne-like calcareous formation, and our climatic conditions seem to be just as important, if not more so.

The best sparkling wines give the Champenois a good run for their money and are better than many Champagnes. We currently buy top-quality premium sparklers from Nyetimber in West Sussex, who with 400 acres are the largest producer of the style in the UK, and Ridgeview in Ditchling Common, Sussex.

Dry white - Reflecting changing tastes, wines made here are increasingly made on the drier side, helped along by warmer summers and improved techniques in vineyard and winery. Still dry white wines show a natural acidity and crispness in their youth. They tend to have a certain nettley, hedgerow freshness about them that is peculiarly English and most attractive. Such wines now represent 24% of all English wine production, Still

Rosé & red - This is style that is also increasing in popularity and one at which the UK can excel, rosé again shows well in its youth, often with attractive strawberry aromas and just a hint of sweetness to balance out the acidity. Reds are a minority as they tend to sometimes lack the necessary ripeness to allow them to show at their best unless our summer and autumn weather is particularly benign. Advances are being made here too though, as producers experiment with different varieties and vineyard sites to find which ripen best where. Front-runners are dornfelder, rondo and pinot noir but at the moment, none has impressed sufficiently and prices are rather high so we have not yet selected any to offer to members.

Wine labelling - English and Welsh wines are produced and labelled under a Quality Wine Scheme which was established in 1992. They are classified in ascending order as table wine, regional wine or quality wine.

Grape guide

Faced with a blank canvas, what vines should a grower on these islands plant? Many of the varieties planted have German origins, partly because it was originally German-trained winemakers who helped UK growers with advice and expertise. It was also felt that these varieties would have better success in such a northerly latitude and, in the 1970s, when there was a resurgence of wine growing in this country, German wines were in their heyday. It is vital to choose early-ripening varieties with good resistance to fungal disease; many of those that have had success are in fact hybrids, again developed in Germany.

Today, there is a patchwork of a multitude of different varieties found in the vineyards of England and Wales. With one or two notable exceptions, these are generally blended together to create wines with a real point of interest and difference from those found elsewhere in Europe. As many of the grapes will be unfamiliar to members and because they rarely appear on their own, so may be difficult to get to know, we provide the principal characteristics below.

More recently, and line with the success of sparkling wines on these shores, pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier have been planted extensively and continue to be so.
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Camel Valley Vineyard

This estate has become practically unrivalled in its success, winning big at the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine awards and many more. It has even been awarded a gong for outstanding service to tourism by Cornwall’s tourism board.

Ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie planted their first vines back in 1989. They had initially relocated to the Cornish countryside several years earlier, wishing to escape from the service lifestyle and bring up a young family, and they began farming sheep and cattle.

Their farm is on the sun-drenched slopes of the Camel Valley, not far from the famous Camel River, and as the summers went by Bob and Annie began to wonder whether vines might enjoy this idyllic aspect.

They both took viticulture courses and began reading every wine and vine book they could find, and Bob did a vintage in Germany to ready them for their first year. They built their winery, and picked their first harvest with help only from a few friends, leaving Bob to work through the night pressing the grapes by himself.

When their first wine won a medal in the national English wine competition, they knew they were doing something right. Since then, they’ve created a state-of-the art winery, employed a small staff and won awards at national and international levels year on year, notably Waitrose Drinks Producer of the Year in 2002 and then a gold medal in the 2005 IWC for their sparkling wine – the first sparkling wine in Cornwall.

The farm’s mild climate and...
This estate has become practically unrivalled in its success, winning big at the International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine awards and many more. It has even been awarded a gong for outstanding service to tourism by Cornwall’s tourism board.

Ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie planted their first vines back in 1989. They had initially relocated to the Cornish countryside several years earlier, wishing to escape from the service lifestyle and bring up a young family, and they began farming sheep and cattle.

Their farm is on the sun-drenched slopes of the Camel Valley, not far from the famous Camel River, and as the summers went by Bob and Annie began to wonder whether vines might enjoy this idyllic aspect.

They both took viticulture courses and began reading every wine and vine book they could find, and Bob did a vintage in Germany to ready them for their first year. They built their winery, and picked their first harvest with help only from a few friends, leaving Bob to work through the night pressing the grapes by himself.

When their first wine won a medal in the national English wine competition, they knew they were doing something right. Since then, they’ve created a state-of-the art winery, employed a small staff and won awards at national and international levels year on year, notably Waitrose Drinks Producer of the Year in 2002 and then a gold medal in the 2005 IWC for their sparkling wine – the first sparkling wine in Cornwall.

The farm’s mild climate and the suntrap provided by its steep, sloping vineyards conspire to imbue their wines with a delicious balance between fullness and freshness. The main grapes grown are typical of English vineyards – seyval blanc, bacchus, triomphe, reichensteiner, dornfelder and pinot noir – and 20% of production is given to red wines.

Their second generation has already begun, as their son Sam took over as winemaker in 2005, having abandoned a finance career when he realised his heart really lay in the Cornish countryside. He has added to the estate’s string of awards, and won UK Winemaker of the Year in 2007. The experience he gained working at a winery in New Zealand has influenced Camel Valley’s production methods, including a keener focus on cool-temperature fermentation, and an even greater attention to detail.

The majority of their stocks are snapped up by local retailers and restaurants, including the likes of Rick Stein’s restaurant, but they now export their wines as far as Japan.
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