Usually, I’m tooting Oregon’s horn, but I think that this Tolpuddle Vineyard 2018 Pinot Noir is an incredible pairing! My husband brought home this little treasure as a gift for me, knowing that I love to try Pinot Noirs from all over the world. Well done, hubby!! At £59 a bottle, this one doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a wine you won’t forget!
Initially, this ruby red coloured, medium bodied beauty enticed my nose with its pronounced black fruit aromas and spicy notes. By this point, I knew that this Pinot Noir was something to get excited about!
On the palate, a bright, refreshing acidity followed by a flavours of black plum, black cherry, earth, and vanilla lingered on a lengthy finish. Wow! I could go on describing the complexities in this wine forever!
Compared to an Oregon Pinot Noir, this wine is filled with more black fruit flavours and is a bit weightier. However, the acidity was equally as fresh and pleasing. A fantastic wine!
My marinated rack of lamb recipe pairs perfectly with this wine. The fresh herbs, spices and Dijon mustard from the marinade complement the flavours of the Tolpuddle Vineyard 2018 Pinot Noir. As this wine is medium bodied, I think it can stand up to a red meat like a rack of lamb and won’t be overpowered. Lamb is lighter in flavour than beef but it still needs a red wine with some body and acidity to cut through the fat.
Producer: Tolpuddle Vineyard
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Colour: Medium Ruby Red
Aromas/Flavours: Black cherry, black plum, ripe strawberry earth, spice and vanilla
Drinking Window: Drink now but can benefit from some more time in the cellar