Freedom of the Press, England

Freedom of the Press, England

Freedom of the Press is an exciting new urban winery located on a hill above Minster Lovell in the Cotswolds, 15 miles from Oxford. If that sounds like a non-sequitur, the winery’s mission statement is similarly intriguing. Gavin Carver doesn’t own any vineyards but instead sources the very best grapes from Essex, and specifically vineyards at Martin’s Lane in the Crouch Valley, and Bromley Brook, near Colchester, before turning the juice into wine on a beautiful farm in the Cotswolds. This is sourcing akin to the negotiants of Champagne or Burgundy, albeit on a much, much smaller scale.
Crouch Valley is widely considered the best place in the country to produce grapes for still wines. In a typical summer, the weather is warmer and drier than anywhere else in the UK, and crucially, in our marginal climate, the wind currents avert any frost effects thanks to the Crouch Estuary at the foot of the valley. Furthermore the London clay is a perfect soil to develop powerful complex flavours in cool-climate still wines, and these soils are replicated at the Bromley Brook vineyard.
The Pinot Gris that Gavin has produced is clean, and fresh with notes of citrus and meadow, and a linear minerality running through. The Pinot is taut, fruity and medium bodied with a distinct savoury character on the finish, whilst the Rose is delightfully crisp, quenching and extremely drinkable.