New wines to hit the shelves…Langham Wine Estate

Friday, Sep. 6th 2013 14:31

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 Tithe Barn at Kingscote Vineyard

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.

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A Treat in the Heat: Glynde Food & English Wine Festival

Monday, Jul. 15th 2013 13:55

What a lovely way to spend one of the best weekends of weather this year…

Glynde Food & English Wine Festival Scenes

 

We were serving up some super wines from Bolney Wine Estate from the Sparkling English Wine trailer bar at the Glynde Food and English Wine Festival at Glynde Place. After last year’s raininess at the same event, food stalls and wine producers alike were thrilled to see so many people with an interest in their produce. We must have seen over 4000 faces, many new and many familiar.

 

The wines that we served went down a treat in the heat, including the Bolney Wine Estate Bolney Bubbly, the Bolney Wine Estate Cuvée Rosé 2008 and the Kingscote Sparkling English Cyder. A great bit of refreshment to save our customers from the beating sunshine!

 

A number of producers of English wine were present in the English Wine Tent, including RidgeView EstateCourt Garden VineyardBiddenden Vineyards and Plumpton Estate to name just a few, all of whom are very happy to have the weather on their side this year. Many of the vineyards are in flower, meaning that if this sunshine persists, we could have an excellent crop this year, which following two very poor years, will be a blessing for the industry…!

 

For those of you who were able to make it along to the festival in such glorious surrounds that Glynde Place offers, we hope you enjoyed yourselves. For those that didn’t make it, we hope to see you next year.

 

 

 

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Summer’s finally here!

Thursday, Jul. 11th 2013 12:28

Sunny greetings everyone!

With this (prolonged!) heat, we are pleased to say that we’ve been very busy selling lots of top English fizz to wine lovers, and unfortunately I’ve had little time to put pen to paper and write our blog or newsletter.

Our English Wine Club is becoming more popular with some superb offerings of new products with alongside old favourites in a quarterly basis. The most recent wine club case has the brand new release from Nyetimber, their 2009 vintage rosé, which if you can believe it, is even better than the two previous years’ 2007 and 2008 vintages…

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I daren’t risk saying we’re expecting this weather to hold for the weekend, so I’ll say we’re hoping to have plenty of sunshine for this weekend, where we’ll be providing a bar service for the Glynde Food and English Wine Festival at Glynde Place.

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The festival is on from 10am-5pm this Saturday and Sunday, with both cooking demonstrations from experts including Valentine Warner, John Torode and wine tasting with Stephen Skelton and Ewan Lacey. Delicious food stalls scattering the stunning Glynde Place grounds will be ballasted by local wine producers sampling their wines in the English Wine Tent. We’ll be there with our Sparkling English Wine mobile bar, offering a selection of still ans sparkling wines from local producer Bolney Wine Estate, as well as the amazing Kingscote Sparkling English Cyder. Why not pop by and see us and grab a glass of English fizz?

Tickets for the festival and the various demos and tastings can be purchased here or on the day. We hope to see you there!

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Springtime mix from our English Wine Club…

Wednesday, Mar. 6th 2013 13:38

Photo courtesy of Anthony Budd @ Blackboys Vineyard

We have had a fairly sleepy start to the year, with few events and gigs out in the cold. Other than keeping an eye on the freezing prunings taking place the country over, we’ve been trying to keep ourselves warm in the cosy offices of Sparkling English Wine HQ…

 

Kingscote Sparkling English Cyder is going down well, especially as the sun starts showing it’s friendly absent face. You can currently find it at the following restaurants and bars:

The Shed Restaurant, Notting Hill, London

Cat Inn pub and restaurant, West Hoathly, Sussex

Ten Green Bottles, Brighton

Middle farm, Sussex

The English Wine Centre, Sussex

 

 

With spring just around the corner, and a hint of sunshine (well, here’s hoping!) we thought we’d say hi and let you know of our exciting new Sparkling English Wine Club’s second installment with wines from producers all over the south of England.

 

 

For those of you who are yet to subscribe, this next box has some stormers of wines in it…

 

From Sussex we’ve got Henners’ Brut Vintage 2009, and Nyetimber’s brand new Blanc de Blancs 2007; From Hampshire, the delightful Meonhill Reserve NV; Dorset gives us English Oak’s Engelmann Cuvée 2009; as far west as the Wye Valley, Castle Brook Vineyard provides their perfectly developed Chinn Chinn 2006.
And for our pink in the box, we’ve got Sharpham’s sumptuous Sparkling Pink 2009

 

 

Castle Brook Chinn Chinn

English Oak Engelmann Cuvée 2009

Henners Brut Vintage 2009

Meonhill Réserve NV

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2007

Sharpham Sparkling Pink 2009

 

By joining the Wine Club, you will receive a selection of six sparkling wines on a quarterly basis, allowing you to discover new gems. We know the wines we sell are of superb quality, owing to our Sparkling English Wine blind tasting panel involving MWs and other industry experts…

 

You’ll also benefit from a wealth of information on each wine and producer including tasting notes and biographies.

 

To take advantage of the Wine Club, click here to find out more info and subscribe.

 

Nyetimber’s brand new Blanc de Blanc 2007

 

Nyetimber have released their 2007 Blanc de Blancs, which we were lucky enough to be a few of the first to try this wine when it was launched at January’s London Collections Men’s Fashion Week. This is one of the best Blanc de Blancs vintages I have tried from Nyetimber. That’s following some superb vintages from 98, 01, and 03. The 2007 will continue to develop in the bottle of the course of the next few years and will just get better and better. Stock up now is my advice…!

 

 

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Nyetimber’s brand new release has arrived!

Friday, Dec. 14th 2012 13:16

Nyetimber Xmas Offer

Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvée 2008 is reduced for a limited time to only £23.50!

We have limited stocks, so make sure you get your orders in before Christmas, and don’t miss out on this amazing price!


Be one of the very first to try this brand new release vintage from English sparkling wine supremos, Nyetimber!

Nyetimber’s most recent release offers a beautiful wine with 4 years bottle ageing. The Classic Cuvée 2008 is a fresh and vibrant wine with a lovely amount of fruit, but at the same time, that classic Nyetimber style. The nose has a delicious buttery nose with fresh citrus and melons. The palate opens with a fabulous mousse that is very round. A delicate citrus undertone is ballasted by creaminess and melon. The wine has an excellent length with perfect balance and a long finish.

Orders of six or more Nyetimber will come individually boxed in lovely Nyetimber gift boxes!

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Stocking fillers anyone..?

Thursday, Dec. 13th 2012 13:03

What better to find in your Christmas stocking than a half bottle of Nyetimber‘s fabulous Blanc de Blancs 2006?! At a special Christmas price of £15.99 per half bottle, why not take advantage and start the celebrations on Christmas day with some of England’s best fizz…

 

The trademark standard of Nyetimber is more than present in this delightful little bottle. The biscuity nose is ballasted by the perfectly formed little bubbles. The palate is, as would be expected with a Chardonnay based wine, fresh, good strong acidity, and and is reminiscent of lemon cheesecake. The finish is long and well balanced. This wine is a lovely slice of English paradise!

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