Blend: 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot noir, 25% Pinot meunier
All fruit for this wine was sourced from their single site in rural Dorset. The Crawthorne vineyard consists of 12 hectares planted to Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier and is located on a sheltered south facing slope at 80-100 metres above sea level. The soil consists of a shallow clay loam, containing flint, over deep Cretaceous chalk.
The grapes were picked from 10th-29th October 2014 and gently pressed, whole bunch. Press fractions were carefully separated and left to naturally settle for 24 hours. Primary fermentation took place in a combination of stainless steel tanks and used oak barrels, followed by complete malolactic fermentation. Following 6 months of élevage, the final blend was bottled with 24 g/L sugar and left to age on lees for a minimum of 30 months. At disgorgement the wine received 8.2 g/L dosage and was aged for a further 6 months under cork.
A golden colour with a stream of fine bubbles. Aromas of red apple and brioche giving way to a palate with fantastic weight and flavours reminiscent of honeydew melon and poached pear. Integrated acidity brings poise to the palate and provides a mouth-watering finish.