PL Award 1: TROPHY - IWC 2016 PL Award 2: GOLD - IWC 2016
Country: United Kingdom Region: Southern England Vintage: 2009
Category: Sparkling White Color: White
Winemaker: Cherie Spriggs
Several different clones and rootstocks were selected to spread the harvest period and widen the range of flavours in the wines. The vineyards benefit from a specific microclimate, planted as they are on the north side of the Downs to protect them from the southerly coastal winds. Soils here are chalky and sandy similar in composition to the soils of Champagne. Due to the marginal climate a longer hang time is necessary to allow for better accumulation of flavours.
Each vineyard parcel is treated uniquely, from picking to gently pressing to vinification in separate tanks. Such attention to detail allows for a wonderful diversity of base wines when blending decisions are made in the spring following the harvest. All wines are crafted according to the strict rules of the traditional method, aged for extended periods of time on the lees and given sufficient post-disgorgement time before release. Full malolactic fermentation was carried out for the 2009 vintage which has given it a slightly richer character.
Pale gold in colour with tiny, delicate bubbles. Floral and lime aromas lead on rich notes of pastry and brioche. On the palate, fresh citrus flavours are balanced with an underlying minerality and a toasty intensity. Very fine and elegant with a long, complex finish.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV:12% Acidity [g/l]: 8.5