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.
Ashling Park Estate Cuvee NV
‘The outstanding favourite at a recent sparkling wine tasting. Rich biscuit notes, depth of citric fruit concentration, vibrant, crisp and fresh with a dazzling long finish’ Rose Murray Brown MW The Scotsman June 2020
“Smoky pears. Toasted almonds. Massive drive and intensity, with a tightrope balance between richness, power and scalpel-point acidity. This is very exciting wine. The fizz is super-fine but it is the polished-chalk acidity that carries it. Vertical depth of fruit with a river-pebble minerality that lingers on the long finish. ” 17.5 Points. Jancis Robinson
From a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier grapes, this classic Cuvée 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.