Since my last post, we have undertaken yet another of our expert blind tasting panels, to bring you the best possible quality wines we can. Our panel met on a lovely sunny afternoon at Kingscote Vineyard. Following a tour of the blossoming vines and a look at the very nearly finished 14th Century Tithe barn, the panel sat down to taste 13 wines – 7 Classic Cuvées, 1 Blanc de Blancs, 5 rosés and a sparkling red.
The standard vaired, with some excellent wines and some unfortunately bad ones too. Of the 12 wines, 8 passed the average score of 12 out of 20, to enable them to be listed on the website.
The first new wines to be up on the site are from Langham Wine Estate in Dorset. This vineyard, the largest in the South West, is located near the ancient Roman town of Dorchester, and consists of thirty acres of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay, which were planted by Justin Langham as diversification from his existing agricultural estate. The vision of Langham Wine Estate is to produce a variety of bottlings according to the vintage and characteristics of the wines nurtured from the chalk soils.
Langham Wine Estate Classic Cuvée 2010 is a delicate blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. With a pale
straw appearance and small beading bubbles, the nose opens up the light yeastiness that shows signs of good development. The palate is fresh and has a lovely lemony acidity that ends with a good sherbert-like sweetness. A good all round drinker, ideal served with seafood canapés.
The Langham Wine Estate Rosé 2011 has a lovely pale strawberry colour. Secondly, its fine and steady stream of bubbles, which opens up a deliciously fruity nose. As one may expect from a young sparkling rosé wine, the palate is dominated by fresh sweet red fruit and is balanced by an acidity provided by the Chardonnay blended within.
Both priced at £23.00, these wines allow us to offer yet another fabulous English producer’s excellent wines at good prices.