Type of Wine: Sparkling Wine
Country: United Kingdom
Producer: Bolney Wine Estate
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Climate: Maritime climate, one of the sunniest and warmest areas of England
Ageing: All fruit was hand-picked then whole-bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel for around 14 days prior to malolactic fermentation. Bottle-fermented and lees aged for 25 months prior to disgorgement.
Colour: Lovely gold with fine effervescence
Palate: A very stylish, single vintage, traditional method, quality Sussex sparkling wine. Elegant citrus and apple fruit with brioche and hazelnut aromas complement the smooth texture and creamy finish of this Blanc de Blanc wine
About the Winery:
Rodney and Janet Pratt were pioneers of their time and all that Bolney is today is a testament to their grit and determination to go against the grain to fulfil their vision. Rodney, a chemical engineer who continued his professional career in the rubber industry alongside his vine growing, describes how he came to discover his passion for winemaking during placement at Gutenberg University, ‘We spent most of our six months in the vineyards of Louis Guntrum. He was the person who showed us all, there was a difference between Niersteiner Domtal, Liebfraumilch and Mateus rosé and real wine.’ Back on British soil, Rodney had a vision. “I had this marvellous idea – let’s go and find somewhere to live that’s got a few acres of ground and we can plant a vineyard, and I shall retire at 45.” With Janet’s support, they purchased a run-down smallholding, on the outskirts of the village of Bolney, north-west of Burgess Hill – and over 50 years transformed the Estate into what it is today. Their dedication to the ethos ‘Guided by nature since 1972′ has helped this winery rise to become known as the pioneers of English wine whilst being awarded the UK Wine Producer of the Year in 2012.