Albourne Estate Blanc de Noirs 2013 is Alison Nightingale’s second Sparkling wine produced from her 30 acre vineyard and winery in West Sussex. It is as stunning as the Albourne Estate still wines and her Blanc de Blancs. This “white of blacks” is made from selected, hand-picked Pinot Noir grapes using the highest quality cuveé to create a sparkling wine which is rich and complex yet dry with real finesse.
Expressive, complex aromas of raspberry, peach together with hints of brioche and white chocolate which lead into equally complex, layered flavours of red fruits, nectarines and biscuity notes. There is a persistent mousse with delicate, fine bubbles and it is smooth and poised in the mouth with balancing acidity. This Sparkling wine from West Sussex, is the equal of superior Blanc de Noirs Champagne.
The rose gold colour comes from gentle pressing Pinot Noir grapes, coupled with extended on-lees ageing, this has created a rich, smooth and complex Sparkling Wine with mature, autolytic character.
Alison’s back labels have a surprising amount of detail. The full history of the wine is there – from the picking dates, bottling date, disgorgement date and the number of bottles produced – enabling everyone to learn, enjoy and understand more about the complex and fascinating process of producing top quality, bottle fermented Sparkling Wines.
We should not be surprised that English Sparkling Wines are – as good as, and – similarly priced to good, vintage Champagnes, as they are produced using the same traditional method of bottle fermentation. They have an extended period of ‘on-lees’ ageing; in this case 44 months. The grapes were picked on 19 and 20 October 2013 and fermented into still wine, bottled on 12 May 2014 to undergo its secondary fermentation in the bottle and finally disgorged in February 2018. A significant amount of work goes into the production of ‘method champenoise” wines, and you can tell the difference!! Only 3500 bottles of this wine have been produced – so don’t delay – buy now!
Albourne Estate has just under 11 hectares (30 acres) in gently rolling hills, near Hassocks in West Sussex, with stunning views to the Devils Dyke. The vineyards were planted in 2010 when Alison Nightingale (co-owner) finally found the site she had been looking for which ticked all the boxes to provide excellent drainage, low frost risk and maximum sun exposure, critical factors in achieving successful vine growth and grape ripeness at this northerly latitude. 2013 was their first vintage. Alison’s decision in the early 2000s to leave her high-flying corporate role to spend more time with her young family, was a wise decision and despite all the challenges of growing vines in our marginal climate, her decision has been vindicated in the production of great quality wines.
Pretty nose with apricot, citrus and delicate autolysis. The palate is soft with a fine mousse, fresh acidity and green apple flavours. A nice, delicate style. Decanter World Wine Awards panel: 90 Points; Silver Medal Decanter 2018
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