Nestled comfortably on the tasting bench at Lenton Brae with fruit character somewhere between racy and opulent you will find the newly arrived varietal of Pinot Blanc.
Originating in Burgundy as a mutation of Pinot Noir (akin to Pinot Gris), Pinot Blanc as the name suggests is a white variety, which was historically one of the principal varieties used in Champagne.
Today the varietal is still extremely popular in the French region of Alsace and pockets of Northern Italy (Pinot Bianco) as well as Germany. Despite having not received the fuss and fan-fare of Pinot Gris, there is no denying the texture and charm associated with this unassuming varietal.
Genetically Pinot Blanc is very similar to Chardonnay with both origination from Pinot Noir although yields need to be quite low for it to withstand significant barrel ageing, it has been fondly described by respected MW Jancis Robinson as “gently rather than demandingly appealing” which makes Pinot Blanc the perfect accompaniment for any occasion.
The cuttings were released from quarantine in 2011, and Lenton Brae Pinot project began. The 0.5 hectare site was chosen for its cool southerly aspect – perfect conditions for this early ripening variety.
2015 marks the inaugural vintage from which we bottled 25 dozen (sold out). Minimal intervention was practiced within the winery to highlight the inherent character and flavour profile. Wild fermentation, older larger format French Oak and bottling without filtration were some of the techniques employed.
On release winemaker Edward described the wine as “Like Sauv Blanc for grown ups; Green apple aromatics with a hint of spice soft, generous and very accommodating” he is looking forward to what lies ahead.
We hope you enjoy, Santé!