Windsor Sparkling Wine now in stock.

17 February 2017

Windsor Sparkling

This is a very special bottle of sparkling wine. We have been able to get hold of 60 bottles of the 2000 that were produced from this vintage. 

£34.99 

 

Here's some information from the press release...

 

Overview


Windsor Great Park Vineyard is new. But it follows what seems to be the longest vineyard tradition in the country, and marks the rebirth of Windsor Castle's ancient vineyards. These are known to have existed in the reign of Henry II (1154-1189). The classic Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier vines have been planted in an ideal location: a sheltered, gentle, south-facing slope above a small lake, where grapes always seem to ripen exceptionally early.

This lively and extremely elegant fizz has been made by theméthode traditionnelle… the classic, double fermentation process that produces such fine Champagnes. (Although, interestingly, the invention of the method was first claimed by an Englishman; Sir Christopher Merret in a paper to The Royal Society in London in 1662. That is to say some 20 years before the French monk, Dom Pérignon, began using the same process across the Channel!).

 

I didn't realise that Windsor Great Park even had a vineyard?

 

Yes, vines certainly existed in the grounds of Windsor Castle in the 12th century during the reign of Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (whose duchy included Bordeaux). There may have been vineyards before, and certainly there have been vineyards since; and there is still the odd vine here and there but for table grapes rather than for making wine. Interestingly, for Her Majesty's recent birthday, Simon Roberts, Anne Linder (who manages the vineyard for Laithwaite's) and Tony Laithwaite personally presented to The Queen a small amount of a sparkling wine made only for her, called 'The Home Park'. The grapes came from just one vine of unknown age that still grows on The Castle walls. The Queen drove Prince Philip down to meet us. It was very relaxed, happy and informal. Tony has not stopped talking about it ever since.

 

Is the Windsor Great Park Vineyard 2013 the first wine to come from the vineyard?

 

Yes. It is the very first English Quality Sparkling Wine to be produced from the vineyard, made from the first, very small harvest of grapes picked in 2013 and put through two fermentations and a long maturation over the ensuing 3 years. English Quality Sparkling Wine, coming from a cooler climate, generally needs - and gets - a longer period of maturation than do most ordinary Champagnes.

 

What other wines will the vineyard be producing?

 

None.The soil and climatic conditions of the site are perfectly suited to producing excellent sparkling wine, so our focus will be on doing just that … really brilliantly.

 

Is the wine being made at Windsor Great Park?

 

No, the grapes are being hand picked into small baskets that are immediately transported to the Roberts family's award-winning Ridgeview Estate winery in East Sussex. Laithwaite's were Ridgeview's first customer, and the two families have worked together for over 20 years. Our specialist sparkling winemaker Henry Laithwaite, works closely with Simon Roberts and the South Ridge team to capture the high quality of the fruit from Windsor Great Park. 

 

Has The Queen / Royal Family approved the wine?

 

The Duke of Edinburgh as Head Ranger of Windsor Great Park knows the site well. Prince Charles paid a visit quite recently and was very enthusiastic about the whole project.

 

What does the sparkling wine taste like?

 

It is remarkable for a vineyard's very first wine. Generally speaking sparkling wine vineyards need a few vintages before they achieve the depth and complexity already displayed here. It does what fine sparkling wines should; it is extremely delicate, it is wonderfully refreshing. The masses of tiny bubbles give the wine a caressing, creamy texture. No strong flavours dominate - which is at it should be. There are just these wispy hints that come and go, of brioche, cherry blossom, and crisp English apples.

 

How many bottles of the Windsor Great Park Vineyard 2013 have been produced?

 

Fewer than 2,000 bottles are available from this first vintage.

 

When will the second vintage be available?

 

Exact timings are to be confirmed but we're expecting the second vintage to be available to order in the run up to Christmas 2017.

 

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