IOC 18-2007 was the dominant yeast strain used. 2018 was a great year and we decided to let the vineyard characteristics come through by keeping the yeast selection neutral.
As 2018 was such a ripe year it was not necessary to put all batches through MLF. The final blend reached a poised but demure total acidity.
Magnums give us something a little different and special, compared to smaller bottles. There is more wine in a Magnum bottle and therefore less space between wine and cork, reducing the amount of air to wine ratio found with smaller bottles – which is what causes ageing. This gives us a prolonged maturation, and the wine will often develop greater nuances and more complex flavours than wine aged in standard bottles. You may have noticed when Magnums are released they are always at least a year of more older than the same wine sold in a standard bottle. There is also a benefit with the way we make our sparkling wines, the Traditional Method does the secondary ferment of the wine in the bottle, the very gradual breakdown of yeast cells that gives the wine it’s bubbles works better in a magnum because of the greater glass surface area, which allows more contact between the yeast cells on the inside of the bottle and the wine, thus creating more fizz!
Pairs perfectly with hors d’oeuvres and starters, fish and some red berry desserts. The balanced fresh acidity of the wine cuts through fatty foods beautifully. The fruit and brioche notes make this wine the perfect pairing for rich cheddar.
BEST ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE (National champion) - Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2019
BEST ENGLISH ROSÉ VINTAGE - Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships
BEST ENGLISH MAGNUM - Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships
GOLD - Glass of Bubbly Awards (Spring Fling) 2019
SILVER - Sommeliers Choice Awards 2019
SILVER - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
SILVER - International Wine Challenge (Tranche 1) 2019 SILVER - TEXSOM Wine Awards 2019
4 STAR - Harpers Wine Stars 2018
GOLD - Global Rose Masters 2018
SILVER - UKVA English and Welsh Wine of the Year
GOLD OUTSTANDING - Prince Lev Golitsyn 4th Novy Svet 2012
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier