News – featuring English Wine Week
It is English Wine week so we bring you some English news!
In May the Langham Wine Estate released the first kegs of a Col Fondo wine.
“In a bid to encourage more people to drink English sparkling wine at an affordable price, the innovative Dorset wine estate is producing a unique Col Fondo wine where the second fermentation has taken place in the keg as opposed to the tank or bottle.
Made to the same exacting standards of Langham’s other award-winning English sparkling wines, Zig Zag is a blend of 50% Madeleine Angevine and 50% Chardonnay and will be sold in 20 litre kegs to bars, restaurants and festivals to be served by the glass.
Langham’s innovative winemaker, Tommy Grimshaw, believes the experiment is a first for a UK wine producer.
“I was in a pub and saw Prosecco on tap and thought, I wonder if I could get a second fermentation to happen in keg; so, I did a trial of three kegs and it worked!” says Tommy, adding: “I also wanted to create something that has the same care and focus on quality that applies to all of our wines. We think this is a way of making English wine fun and a little more accessible from a pricing perspective.”
Forty, 20-litre kegs holding 160 glasses of white and rosé frizzante-style English wine were available from Langham at the end of May.
The name Zig Zag comes from a chalk strata over which Langham’s vineyards are situated. The estate’s two Classic Cuvées – Corallian and Culver – are also name after the vineyard’s chalk geology.
Zig Zag by Langham uses KeyKeg environmentally friendly technology”.
Cornish Wine was served at the G7 Summit
Camel Valley confirmed their sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé Brut was served at the G7 Eden event, also attended by 3 generations of the Royal family. It was also served, along with Camel Valley Bacchus at Tregonna Castle and Carbis Bay.
Successive vintages of Sparkling Rosé has won gold at eight out of the past ten International Wine Challenge Awards.
We were sad to hear that Rodney Pratt, co-founder of Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex, passed away on Saturday 12th June 2021. Rodney and his wife Janet were true pioneers of the industry, founding Bolney Wine Estate back in 1972 – almost 50 years ago – planting what was then one of the earlier commercial vineyards in the UK. The business has grown to include contract winemaking with a thriving and retail and wine tourism operation. His daughter Sam Linter now heads the multi-generational family business.
Sussex by the Glass
Sam Linter also features in Sussex by the Glass, a book by award-winning wine writer Liz Sagues, that focuses on one county and two pioneer winemaking families at Bolney Wine Estate and Ridgeview, CEO, Tamara Roberts. The book was appropriately launched on International Women’s Day.
New Chairman for WineGB
WineGB Chairman Simon Robinson announced he is to step down at the beginning of August, after four years at the helm. The position will be filled by Sam Linter, Managing Director and Head Winemaker at Bolney Wine Estate, who has served on the WineGB Board for some two years.
Hattingley Valley release two new small batch wines
The Hampshire-based estate has announced the release of a limited-run 2019 sparkling white and red pair dubbed the English Gent and the English Lady. Created by head winemaker Emma Rice, Hattingley’s 2019 English Gent is made from predominantly Bacchus grapes and a splash of Pinot Gris, while the 2019 English Lady a is a blend of Pinots Noir and Précoce, both £19 rrp. Only 1,300 bottles are available for the wines.
Gusbourne (Kent) – Wine Launch
A single-vineyard Chardonnay 809 2019 (RRP £25) will be released this Thursday, 24th June to celebrate English Wine Week. This wine was produced for the first time in 2018 from the 809 ‘musque’ Chardonnay clone. This clonal variety comes from their Bottom Camp vineyard in Kent and displays a unique profile of flavours more commonly associated with the Muscat grape. It spent 14 days in stainless steel and saw some barrel ageing in 10% new French oak.
Of Chardonnay 809 2019, Head Winemaker Charlie Holland says, “This is a really interesting Chardonnay. On the nose you’ll get a Muscat aroma – somewhere between Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. But on the palate, it has that signature Chardonnay acid delivering elegance, freshness and structure. It’s fresh and blossomy, almost tropical, with a pleasing roundness from the barrel ageing in new French oak.”