New Hall Vineyards Crouch Valley Barons Red 2020


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The Taste

A blend of Pinot Noir, Acolon and Rhondo grapes, this vintage Barons Red is full of cherry and violet aromas with summer berries prevailing on the palate.  A subtle hint of oak adds length, structure & body to this English Red.

The Corky Verdict

Amy – Ripe explosive fruit, juicy and rich. A sweet wine that would pair beautifully with spicy foods or perhaps cheese- very well made.

Sam – Almost like strawberry jam on the nose, ripe sweetness on the palate with a touch of oak. A very sweet and rich red wine. Really interesting.

The Facts

  • Red
  • Pairs with: Red MeatPastaCheese
  • Year: 2020
  • Category: Medium body
  • Location: River Crouch, Essex, England
  • Type: Pinot Noir, Acolon & Rhondo
  • Percentage: 11% ABV

The Producer

The village of Purleigh and the wider Crouch Valley is arguably the most historic and important wine growing region in the UK

The first vineyard in Purleigh, Essex was planted in 1120 AD, and according to the local Parish records, only 500 yards from where New Hall Vineyard stands today. It covered three acres of land on the southern-facing slopes by All Saints Church.

The first vines were planted at New Hall Farm by Bill and Sheila Greenwood in 1969, with 850 Reichensteiner vines.

New Hall has the oldest Bacchus vines in the UK, with the first 2250 Bacchus vines planted by Bill and his son Piers in 1977. New Hall now supplies over 25% of all Bacchus in the UK and some of the grapes are also sold to other vineyards in Kent, Cornwall and Sussex.

In 2016, New Hall Vineyards is awarded the UKVA Winemaker of the Year 2016 and proudly produce wines that win four out of the six regional wine competition trophies. All together, New Hall Vineyards is awarded 2 Gold Medals, 7 Silver Medals and 4 Bronze Medals at the UKVA Awards, and over half a dozen Silver Medals at the EAVA Awards. The Bacchus Fume also wins a gold medal at the Independent Wine Awards competitions.

In 2020, the purchase of a new larger press and an additional 37,000litres of tanks the gradual expansion of the winery continued.  The 2020 harvest was challenging however over 235 tonnes of fruit was handpicked in record time.  The newly released Bacchus Fume NV picked up a gold award at the 2020 IEWA competition along with a Silver award for the 2019 Bacchus Reserve.