Ashling Park

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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.

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Ormanni

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Ormanni – Chianti Classico

The 13th Century Ormanni estate is located right in the heart of Chianti, between the towns of Poggibonsi and Castellina in Chianti. Proof of the incredible heritage of this Tuscan property can be found in Dante Alighieri’s “Divina Commedia”,where the Ormanni family is mentioned. For the last 200 years the estate has been owned by the Brini Batacchi family, and itis Paolo Brini Batacchi together with his daughter Paola who run the winery today.The Ormanni property covers an area of 242 ha of land, 68 of which are vineyards dedicated principally to the cultivation of Sangiovese.

The Chianti is predominently Sangiovese with 10% Canaiolo, offering elegant cherry and blueberry fruits. The Chianti Classico is selected Sangiovese fruit aged for one year in French barriques to deliver an intense black cherry, mulberry and vanilla tinged wine. Ruby red with great length and a seductive aromatic character.

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Case Paolin

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Case Paolin – Volpago del Montello, Treviso

The Pozzobon brothers produce around 70,000 bottles from their vineyards, worked by the family since the 1700s. Since purchasing the land outright from the Venetian state – or ‘from under the watchful eye of the Lion of Saint Mark’ as they put it – they have developed a highly respected range of red, white and sparkling wines.

The Costa degli Angeli Manzoni Bianco grape is a cross of Pinot Bianco and Riesling and comes from the hillside vineyard of the same name. Full of aromas of tropical fruits, citrus and lemon verbena this offers a lovely supportive structure behind its bright fruit. Rosso del Milio, named after the brothers’ grandfather, Emilio, is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Carmenére aged in large oak for 12-18 months. The San Carlo is named after its low-yielding vineyard at the foot of the Montello Hills. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot & 20% Cabernet Franc this is aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 12-14 months followed by 6 months each in large oak and bottle.

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Casale

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Casale – Certaldo, Chianti

An exceptional and uncompromising Winery. Organic since 1980 and now biodynamic, the Gigloli-Rinaldi family can trace their vinous presence in the zone back to 1770. This is quintessential Tuscany, traditional in all the best senses with no whiff of modernity, its natural practices rooted in time rather than fashion. It was Antonio’s parents who replanted the small estate in 1969 with the vines that still produce most of the wines. In addition there are two rows of remaining high-trained vines, along with a very few trained up companion trees, that date back to the 1900s. The Chiantis are almost 100% Sangiovese with the addition of a dash each of Canaiolo & Colorino. Aging follows no set pattern at Casale, as Antonio chooses vessel (ranging from chestnut to concrete and always large format) and period dependent on his relationship with the wine. Wines are released when he deems them ready and often vintages can skip forward before looping back. The low intervention methods and patient, long aging times help to focus the wines’ textural tannins and fruit, always remaining exquisitely fresh.

The Chianti is aged in stainless steel & concrete for 5 years until ready for bottling and release. The estate’s riserva wines rest even longer with the Chianti Riserva having spent 5 years in cement and a further 5 in large chestnut barrels – 37hl and 20hl – prior to bottling. The Trebbiano Orange Wine was fermented on its skins for 30 days in stainless steel. The vineyard for this wine was one of those planted by Antonio’s parents and so is approaching 50 years old. Each year a part of the orange wine is placed in chestnut casks to continue aging.

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