2020 Langham Estate
|Grapes||Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir|
|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
Blend: 74% Pinot Noir, 26% Pinot Meunier The grapes for this wine were picked in October 2020 and made in the saignée method where the juice macerates with the skins and pulp of the grapes, for 18 hours in this case, to extract colour. Press fractions were carefully separated and left to naturally settle for 24 hours. Fermentation, with indigenous yeasts, all took place in stainless-steel tanks retaining the fresh fruit profile of the juice. Following 9 months of élevage, the final blend was bottled in August 2021. An elegant pink rosé that shows confected strawberry, yoghurt, mango, raspberry jam and toast on the nose. The palate has good weight with notes of sherbet, raspberry and strawberries and cream. There is a long finish with great texture here. A fresh and light rosé, perfect for spring and summer. Winemaker's notes (Apr 2022)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Langham Estate is proudly independent and grow all their own grapes giving them total control and the ability to produce exactly the wines they want. With a south-facing aspect, chalk soils and a unique micro-climate, Langham's 'Crawthorne' Vineyard provides the perfect terroir for ripening the classic Champagne varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
The viticulture here is the latest development in agriculture at this historic, farming estate with established hedgerows and mature woodland providing natural wind breaks and habitat for a large variety of beneficial organisms.
This great Vineyard potential was identified by John Langham and now under his son Justin the work is being intensified and the number of vines has increased to more than 30 acres.
They work with a low-intervention approach to both grape growing and wine production, constantly striving to minimise our environmental impact and produce honest wines that reflect their Dorset terroir.All grapes are handpicked, and rigorous vineyard selection ensures only the highest quality grapes arrive at the winery.
Vineyard manager Olly Whitfield tends the 'holy trinity' of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with different vine management techniques for each variety. This maximises the benefits of the south facing aspect and chalk heavy soils that results in wines with great structure and finesse.
In the cellar, head winemaker Tommy Grimshaw utilizes a variety of ex Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne barrels – along with stainless steel to give as many blending fragments as possible, which are separated by press load. Each fragment of base wine goes through spontaneous, wild fermentation and none are fined or filtered. Creating complex and interesting base wines is at the heart of what Langham Estate does, reducing reliance on longer lees aging and bringing wines to the market earlier at a competitive cost price.
The results are impressive - this super wine represents unusually good value for the immense quality.
Awarded Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year 2020 by the IWSC competition and winning an array of medals: Gold for Blanc de Blancs 2015 & silver for Culver, Corallian, Pinot Meunier & Rosé.
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