The Bolney Estate, Lychgate Red, Wine of England, West Sussex, UK, 2011
This wine: a blend of dornfelder and rondo, 6 months ageing in French and US oak, 2+1 technical cork, 12% abv, widely available UK, £14.40 (2014)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of red berries underpinned by touches of spice and toast from deft use of oak; light-medium bodied showing red berries with an edge of riper black berries. Decent length. Nothing special. Needs an hour decanting.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of black berry, ripe red cherry, red currant, well-integrated oak, touch of spice, hints of creaminess and vanilla, a lighter floral note, slightly herbaceous, red liquorice, a little toast and gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), stewed red currant, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of red berries – red currant and cranberry, and mulberry, merest hint of oak, touch of liquorice. A medium (+) length with a clean red berried low-key grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, acidity plus tannins suit the alcohol and flavour intensity, showing some complexity on the nose with evidence of oak and bottle age, much less on the palate, decent intensity and concentration following into a decent length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure, but lacks intensity and concentration and so indicative length.