Had a chance to taste this new varietal Pinot Meunier from Hampshire-based English sparkling wine producer Exton Park, with winemaker Corinne Sealy. She describes Pinot Meunier as ‘a child that has to be well educated.’ She says, ‘it is stubborn.’ In the vineyard they have tried all sorts of ways of growing it, and finally settled on Chablis pruning.
In the winery, there’s just 12 months on lees to keep the freshness and elegance, and the delicate character of this variety. Although this is a vintage 2014 wine, it is labelled as non-vintage. It’s really successful.
Exton Park Pinot Meunier Rosé NV England
Pale pink in colour. Very fruity and lively with delicacy and finesse, showing a hint of spring hedgerows alongside fine cherry and pear fruit. There’s a lovely purity and delicacy to this wine. It’s distinctive and really works well, with lovely purity. 91/100
See also: series on English sparkling wine