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Fairmile Vineyard, Rose, Henley-upon-Thames NV
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Jan and Anthea Mirkowski
This delightful pink English sparkling wine bursts with the zing and freshness of summer fruits and can be enjoyed on its own or with canapés. We are so proud of its delicate hue that we present it in clear bottles – but please store away from natural or artificial light to prevent ultra violet degradation.
Made from the classic trio of hand-selected Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes using the traditional method of secondary fermentation in-bottle.
Fairmile Vineyard Henley-on-Thames is proud to continue the long heritage of English viticulture which dates back to the Romans some 2000 years ago. In 2011, local couple Jan and Anthea Mirkowski recognised that the foothills of the Chilterns on the outskirts of Henley would provide the ideal terrain and microclimate for viticulture. The steep south-facing slope helps vines capture the most sunlight in fact 30% more sunlight during October, when the grapes are in berry, and the sun low on the horizon, than if the vines were planted on level ground. The slope also causes Spring frosts (being denser than warm air) to fall downhill away from the delicate buds, whilst sufficient air movements along the valley carry away excess humidity, reducing the chance of fungal attack by mildew. Vines prefer well-drained soil, and Fairmile Vineyard lies on the same flinty chalky marl that stretches across South-East England to the white cliffs of Dover, then under the Channel into Northern France.