2012 was an absolute shocker of a vintage across southern England. It was just too cool, and then the season ran out of heat. The result? Many wineries just didn’t pick any grapes at all. Remarkably, Camel Valley have produced something very appealing from this rather difficult year. It even won a Gold medal at the International Wine Challenge, which takes some getting. It’s a really nice, fruit-driven wine with no rough edges.
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2012 England
Pale salmon pink in colour, this is sweetly fruited with cherry, strawberry and a bit of spice. There’s even some rosehip syrup and cranberry character. Rounded, textured, pure and well balanced, this is really appealing and very easy to drink. Fruit-driven. 89/100 (£28.99 Waitrose)
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