Windsor Great Park Vineyard Sparkling wine
At a recent wine tasting I came across the 2014 vintage sparkling wine from the Windsor Great Park Vineyard. It was placed amongst other sparkling wines, including Champagnes, and turned out to be the best of the bunch.
A hint of butterscotch on the nose, the gentle bubbles combine with an elegant freshness on the palate – perfectly balanced between the fruit and the acidity, thus avoiding some of the OTT mineral sharpness which is sometimes found in wines produced from underripe fruit.
The wine has the quality of being rich but producing a perfectly dry finish which makes it just as good for drinking on its own as with accompanying fish and other food with light sauces.
The remarkable thing about this wine is that the vines were only planted in 2010 and to produce a wine with such depth of flavour with such young vines is an achievement. The first vintage was produced in 2013 and the wine can only get better as the vines mature. The current release is the 2015 vintage.
Vineyards were first planted at Windsor during the reign of Henry II (1154-1189) and the current three hectare plots was planted by Tony Laithwaite in 2010 on well-drained soils which slope down to the adjacent lake.
The grapes (55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier) are harvested and transported to the winemaking facility at Ridgeview in Sussex, one of England’s leading producers of sparkling wine.
It’s a ★★★✩ rating at the moment and definitely on the cusp of ★★★★ which would justify the fairly hefty price tag of £38 plus a bottle although some merchants are offering discounts for a full case.
Picture of bottle and featured image courtesy of www.windsorgreatparkvineyard.com