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Luke’s Pinot Noir 2023


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“This isn’t just very good English Pinot Noir it’s simply very good Pinot Noir” is how our Head Winemaker, Fergus Elias, described his newest vintage of Luke’s Pinot Noir, from the superb 2022 harvest. 

Inspired by our home, with flavours reminiscent of English cherries and a touch of spice. Coming from vineyards planted specifically for the creation of English Pinot Noir, this wine is rich, ripe and structured. 

With our estate’s combination of the prime Wealden clay vineyards, Burgundy clones and careful winemaking, our winemakers have built Balfour’s reputation for producing some of England’s finest red wines. And Luke’s Pinot Noir is a superb example of a style which is growing in reputation and drinking brilliantly right now. 

Here’s three reasons to try our new Pinot Noir now:

  • Cool climate excellence: this style is closer to New World Pinot Noir, rather than traditional French examples, but still comes from Burgundy clones. It’s the best of both worlds. 

  • Lightly oaked: with judicious use of French and American barrels to add a savoury complexity and depth

  • Very on-trend: English red wine is a really exciting frontier, and this is a critically acclaimed example which is even served in Michelin-starred restaurants. 

Key tasting notes : 

  • Classic cool climate Pinot Noir, delicately aromatic with Red berry fruits, cherry, raspberry and spicy vanilla with soft but firm tannins.

Technical Tasting Note

Our pairing guide : 

  • This is a light, summer fruit flavoured red. Our winemaker recommends serving this lightly chilled (just 10 minutes in the fridge before uncorking). The fresh fruit flavours and low tannins mean it will complement, rather than overpower, delicate flavours – making it ideal with white meats, roast vegetables, mushrooms and even herby lamb. Ferg had it with a butterflied leg of lamb marinated in harissa and Moroccan spices cooked on the BBQ and can confirm this pairing is also quite good  

100% Pinot Noir

12% ABV

Find out more in our Video Tasting Note, with Balfour’s Head Winemaker Fergus Elias, below.