Gold Medal – Sommelier Wine Awards 2019, Master Award; The Spirits Business
Albourne Estate Miniature 40 Vermouth (sitting beside its big brother Vermouth) is just right for a gift or for you to try if you have never tried the delicious West Sussex 40 Vermouth before. This is a 50ml sized bottle which is a double measure and would make a single Dry Negroni with 25ml Gin and 25ml Campari (see below for other Cocktail ideas)
Please note this is not included in the 5% discount for 6 or more bottles.
The recipe of the botanicals is a secret but it includes rosemary, thyme, rose petals and chamomile alongside citrus peel, saffron, cardamom and coffee beans, together with the essential ingredient in all Vermouth which is wormwood.
The vibrant aromas leap out of the glass of Albourne Estate 40 Vermouth. There is a bright, bold hint of orange peel upfront and gentle blossom characters which are reminiscent of an English meadow in late summer. These aromas are followed by succulent, juicy grape flavours which combine with the botanicals to provide an outstanding, limited-production Vermouth. It is rich with excellent structure and a round mouth feel, and has a perfectly balanced touch of sweetness without being cloying. A tiny hint of oak supports this Vermouth of great complexity and depth.
We think it is delicious on its own over ice, or with a dash of soda or tonic. However, each bottle comes complete with a Neck Tag with several cocktail suggestions, some of which are listed below in Serving Suggestions. As it is semi-dry, it can also be used in place of a sweet wine with pastry based dishes, strong cheeses and nuts. Why not experiment?! This Vermouth is really popular; once tried people come back for more!
The base is a blend of sparkling wine bases, which forms 75%, consisting of a high percentage of Chardonnay as this is the dominant sparkling variety grown at Albourne Estate. Some of the base wines have spent a few months in oak which contributes added complexity. Albourne Estate 40 Vermouth has received several awards including a Gold Medal at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2019.
Alison Nightingale (owner and winemaker at Albourne Estate) has produced a delicious Vermouth which is distinctive in its appearance and the resulting wine is the outcome of extensive development with input from Italian wine consultant Salvatore Leone; they spent hours blind tasting the vermouth using different botanicals before finalising the blend. Alison decided to produce this Vermouth at 18% abv which means that once opened, it will keep in the Fridge for 6 + weeks.
“An utterly delicious, delicate and fragrant semi-sweet white vermouth….This vermouth has a delicate floral scent that sings of summer and as the name suggests, it’s made using 40 botanicals including English countryside classics such as rose petals thyme and camomile as well as saffron, cardamom and tea. Good enough to drink on its own on the rocks or try it with a delicate tonic such as Fever-Tree Light. It’s also delicious…made into a spritz using English sparkling wine or mixed with elderflower presse, gin and bitters.” Victoria Moore : The Daily Telegraph 23 Feb 2019
“Deliciously herby, nutty vermouth. It could be used for a rather delicious negroni, but it’s cracking on its own, too.” Fiona Beckett; Feast Magazine, Guardian August 2018
“This aperitif could soon knock gin off its perch….boutique Sussex winery uses 40 botanicals in its award-winning vermouth. Cardamon and saffron notes shine through along with a very pleasing herbaceous astringency. Enjoy it on its own!” Olive Magazine, August 2018
“This vermouth tastes as amazing as Albourne’s wines do and you can genuinely appreciate the character coming from their own grapes. Rich with fantastic structure and a round mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced sweetness”. Cherry Constable; The Drinks Writer
“40 Vermouth is an outstanding product, both in flavour and appearance. It is fantastic to see Albourne Estate utilising their base wines in this way and creating a vermouth which reflects their distinctive, amazing style. Whilst the botanicals hold centre stage, the characters obtained from the base wines shine through and make this a cohesive addition to their portfolio.” Cherry Constable: The Drinks Writer
40 Vermouth also picked up a Master Award at The Spirits Business Competition: The Panel described it as having flavours of “fresh grape and herbal muskiness”, the expression was also praised for its “baked nectarine” nose.
At Sommelier Wine Awards 2019 40 Vermouth was awarded a GOLD Medal. “complex notes of pineapple, lychee…well balanced… incredibly complex and interesting; amazing over ice”
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