Ashling Park – West Sussex, England
After living in the village of West Ashling for more than 20 years the Gardner family decided that as it was such a great place to rest and play, why not work there, too? The hay meadow was promptly converted into a vineyard. Employing International Wine Challenge gold medal winner Dermot Sugre as wine-maker was the final piece of the jigsaw.
From a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier grapes, the Classic Cuvée Brut NV shows great freshness on the nose, with aromas of white flowers and ripe stone fruit. These flavours are echoed on the palate, which displays fine intensity of fruit, offset by a great core of chalky acidity. The finish is crisp and precise with impressive persistence and balance. Delicious for drinking now, but with terrific ageing potential. This Estate Rosé is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir (80%), and Pinot Meunier (20%) grapes grown on the beautiful chalk slopes of the South Downs. It is an elegant, full-flavoured wine with great intensity of fruit, length and complexity. Delicious on its own but with the body and structure to partner many foods, this is an extremely elegant and versatile English Sparkling Rosé.