Albourne Estate Selection is vineyard owner and winemaker Alison’s favourite of the still wines she produces and we can see why! The 2017 vintage is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay with a tiny addition of other Estate grapes. This wine has a medium intensity nose of pear, honeydew melon, mango and citrus notes. The full flavours are layered and complex, with citrus, pears and white peach fruit with a distinct mineral quality. An appealing, full-flavoured English white wine with impressive texture and flavours and quite like an Alsace wine in style.In the mouth the wine has a velvet feel with refreshing acidity, and a well-structured and persistent finish. A perfect wine to enjoy as an aperitif and with food.
2017 was a particularly difficult year, with very late frosts which scorched a lot of the first buds coupled with on/off summer weather. The brief spells of warmer weather enabled some of the secondary shoots to produce a limited crop. The vintage was good quality but very low yielding. We will be moving to the 2018 vintage very soon.
Another excellent wine from the Albourne Estate. If you are a fan of English wine – or you don’t believe English wine can be just as good as comparably priced white wine from other countries – you should try this high-quality Estate Selection from the very good 2017 vintage.
“I was very excited to try the latest wines from Albourne; this range not only looks wonderful, but also demonstrates the Estate’s signature vibrancy and clarity.”
“A wonderfully ripe, fresh blend. A striking wine with interesting textures and complexities that will hold your interest throughout.” John Mobbs of Great British Wine
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; this has been followed by the warmer and excellent 2014 vintage.
The striking labels feature wildlife that are regularly seen in the Albourne Estate and are painted by a local artist. The Estate Selection label features a Green Woodpecker. We also stock Albourne Estate Bacchus 2016/17 which features a stunning Buzzard, Albourne Estate White Pinot Noir 2017 which features a common blue butterfly, and new to our list is Albourne Estate Cellar Selection featuring a dandelion, on their respective labels.
Food match: Terrific aperitif and equally good with seafood, salads and chicken dishes.