This white English sparkling wine carries the biscuity aroma associated with lying on the lees (yeast), mellow caramel undertones from a little oak-barrel ageing, and a citrus aftertaste which lingers so well on the palette because of the remarkably low dosage of sugar.
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.
Decanter Panel Tasting 95-97pts 'Outstanding'!
Susan Barrie MW - 'Antique gold colour. Attractive creamy roasted nut aromas. In the mouth it is rounded and rich with savoury flavours and a long, creamy finish.'
Freddy Bulmer - 'Toasty autolytic nose but without being overbearing or too one-dimensional. There are hints of vanilla and the oak is used well here. The palate is rich and generous, yet has a sense of being restrained. Really nice!
Stephen Skelton MW - 'There's plenty of good juicy fruit here on the nose and mouth. The finish is long-lasting. A superb example.