Sparkling wine specialists Black Chalk have made their first still wine, a sumptuous rosé from their historic 2020 vintage - the first from their own vineyards in their new winery - that is largely only available from their cellar door shop but we're proud to have a few cases here at Pip.
It's Pinot three ways: a blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Noir Précoce, the third being a rare, early-ripening, small-berried, thick-skinned mutation of Pinot Noir known in Germany as Frühburgunder. It usually ripens a fortnight before Pinot Noir so it is useful in cooler climates but plantings are still minimal in the UK.
Picked from Black Chalk's vineyards on chalk soils in the Test Valley, it is a beautiful pale colour with ripe strawberry fruit and cherry blossom aroma. It is dry with an abundance of red fruit and peach, generous and smooth, redolent of good rosé from Provence.