Court Garden Ditchling Reserve 2010


12.00% ABV
Baked apples, raspberries, lemon tart, honey on toast, a hint of truffly savouriness; long finish

Court Garden are one of the few English vineyards that are keeping back bottles from each vintage to form a library stock for special occasions and later releases after significant time under cork, and their 2010s, with over a decade on them, show just how ageworthy top English Sparkling Wines can be. 2010 was a fabulous vintage, with excellent conditions throughout the growing season. The Ditchling Reserve is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine spent nine months in French oak barrel before bottling, just enough time to give a rounder mouthfeel and a hint of vanilla. Expressive and showing toasty maturity, with aromas of croissant, brioche, raspberries, red apples, honey and hay. It has a straw hue, delicate well-structured mouse, good balance between acidity and dosage, rich flavoured mid-palate displaying baked apples, raspberries, lemon tart, honey on toast and a hint of truffly savouriness. The finish is very long.

Court Garden is a family-run, single-estate vineyard and winery in East Sussex, set on a beautiful south-facing slope with the South Downs as a backdrop. The vineyard was established in the spring of 2005 and now extends to 17 acres, mainly planted with the three traditional Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In 2008 the still varieties Pinot Gris, Ortega, Dornfelder and Rondo were added.

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