“This is just a killer English sparkling wine that is one of the most Champagne-like in style. It has a very intense, delineated bouquet of Granny Smith apple, crushed stone and sea cave aromas. The palate is exquisitely balanced with fine weight and density, yet paradoxically seems nimble and light on its feet. Razor-sharp acidity and just a light twist of sour lemon on the finish. This is outstanding.”
Neal Martin 94 pts Drinking Window: 2021 – 2036 www.vinous.com Tasted: April 2021
CEPAGE: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot noir
VINEYARDS: 80% Mount Harry Vineyard, Lewes, East Sussex; 20% Storrington Priory Vineyard, Storrington, West Sussex. Both vineyards were planted in May 2006.
SOIL TYPE: Storrington Priory Vineyard – Greensand, 50m above sea level; Mount Harry Vineyard – Clay loam over pure chalk, no flints, 70m above sea level
YIELD: approx. 4,800 kg/ha (2014 vintage). Only 1,700 bottles produced.
VINIFICATION: Pressed in a traditional Coquard champagne basket press.
50% fermented in 500 L old Burgundy puncheons, without malolactic fermentation, 50% fermented in stainless steel, with malolactic fermentation.
Restrained and fine, notes of flint, oyster shell, pineapple with crushed grains, hay and shortbread£44.99
Granny Smith apple and sea cave aromas, Sicilian lemon, apple and pear£59.00
Outstanding ageing potential, combining both power and structure with subtlety and finesse£95.00