Hello again everyone. I was happy to attend (a little unexpectedly) November’s Tutored Tasting when Ann and John treated us to a tasting of wines from the English Winery, Knightor. Knightor is one of five wineries in Cornwall, not to far from the more famous Camel Valley. Knightor are situated on the South coast in the St. Austell area – quite close to the Eden Project. Their vineyards are at Portscatho (to the West) and Seaton (to the East) along the South Cornish Coast.

Ann and John showed two sparklers, a white and three reds… Here are my notes:

KNIGHTOR CLASSIC CUVÉE BRUT N/V
This is a blend of Reichensteiner, Huxulrebe, Kerner, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & Seyval Blanc. In other words mostly Germanic crossings found quite commonly (though I think decreasingly) in English Wine. This is a fizzy wine with some dash – a good mousse, florality and some acidity. A slightly bitter (pithy) – sweet palate and as one might expect rather Germanic – original and pleasurable, but at £27 rather pricey!

KNIGHTOR CLASSIC CUVÉE BRUT ROSÉ N/V
The same blend but with Rondo added. The nose is similar but with a more confectionery aspect, the mousse is quite good and the wine has strong acidity but all rather disparate. Less integrated and simpler than the white.

KNIGHTOR “TREVANNION” 2016
A blend of the Germanic crossings Siegerrebe & Schonburger. The nose is pungent with grapefruit and rose water – in a package rather reminiscent of Gewürztraminer. The palate follows with acidity and slight bitterness of grapefruit and grapefruit peel overlying a richness and some herbal and nutty notes. Quite successful and would be good with the same food as Gewürz. At £19 one might find a cheaper version of the real thing for less – but good.

KNIGHTOR “CARPE DIEM” N/V
This is from Regent; Pinot Noir and Rondo.Slightly dilute nose with a frizzy hint. The palate has acidity and a dark body of soft berry fruit and some herbal notes but little tannin and quite simple. This is their cheapest red (at £16) but still seems high priced – not terrible though….

KNIGHTOR PINOT NOIR 2016.
Very Pinot nose of red sweet fruit, a hint of herbs and farmyard – but frizzy again. Pretty berry fruit on the palate, a bit of grip but rather fruit-juicy and simple.

KNIGHTOR MERLOT / CAB. SAUVIGNON 2016
Germolene medicinal notes, some woody and sweet fruit. Palate is excessively sweet, plum crumble – and, again, very simple.

A fascinating tasting which confirms my impression (prejudice?) of English wine – simple reds, interesting white, good bubbly – all with a danger of losing control of sweetness and about 25% too expensive.

I noticed quite by chance that this is the 300th post on the main page of this blog. Coming quite close to the 20th Anniversary of ICC Tastings and my own “decimal-significant” birthday it made me wonder if I should pontificate on this concurrence (what would be the proper collective noun) of milestones?

I can only report on my current thinking about how narrow – or otherwise – one’s wine collection might be if one was only drinking at home, for pleasure. As opposed to running wine classes, exploring areas and always learning… This echoes a post I wrote on 2nd March 2017 about establishing a second cellar in France where that would only serve that first purpose.

These thoughts quickly turn to what is essential in the cellar? How many styles of wine / grape varieties would one have to have? Riesling; Chenin; Chardonnay – certainly! Cabernet Franc; Sangiovese; Pinot Noir… of course… and then??? Nebbiolo; Tempranillo; Sauvignon Blanc; Gewurz; Manseng; Italian Whites; Rhone blends…..  who knows… and then further afield from those 4 countries where all those above are concentrated?

The thing is that no such restrictions are forced on one…

Or as the poet said:

.     Milestones and Millstones
.              sink in sea.
.                Not me!

À Bientôt