|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier|
|Origin||United Kingdom, English Sparkling Wine|
|Classification||English Sparkling Wine|
70% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier.
A toasted, baked apple, biscuit, honey and creamy palate with lots of lovely apple acidity on the finish. Great freshness and mousse. Outstanding.
(Bronze Medal Winner).
Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 (Jul 2015)
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Debut offering from a new estate near Nyetimber in Sussex with its own winery already. The dream of a QC and her husband. Classic recipe with Chardonnay predominating, based on the maiden 2010 vintage. (Pinot Noir proportion set to increase in future bottlings.) Dosage just 7g/l. More density and less aggressive acidity than many English sparkling wines. Good balance and no excess sweetness. Well made even if not exactly ethereal. A promising debut. I'm just not sure about the name but if the wine is good enough, that won't matter in the long term.
16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2013)
Ambriel: Full Wine List and Profile
Redfold Vineyards are situated overlooking West Sussex’s beautiful South Downs, with Ambriel being made from grapes grown on what used to be a hill used for grazing sheep. Owner Wendy Outhwaite, former barrister and QC, strives to produce wines which reflect the particular characteristics of their soil and climate, or ‘terroir’.
Charles and Wendy built their own state of the art winery adjacent to the vineyard, to which the grapes are taken immediately after being picked. Unusually, Redfold only vinify grapes that they have grown, and don’t have any contract winemaking in order to offset their start-up costs. The wines really are solely from the South Downs.
Redfold concentrate on sparkling wines, as is typical of many of the English wine producers, using the Traditional Method and produced from the classic champagne grape varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. They may be fairly new to the English wine world, but Redfold have already won silver at the IWC awards, perhaps due to the fact that, in their own words, ‘our wines are unapologetically English – and they taste divine!’
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