Albourne Estate Sandstone Ridge 2018

£15.50

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Additional information

Country

England

Region

West Sussex

Grape

44% Chardonnay; 42% Ortega; 14% Pinot Blanc

ABV

12%

Awards/Accolades

16 Points: Jancis Robinson MW Purple Pages, 90 Point: Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2020

Good to know

Vegan

Tasting Notes

Albourne Estate Sandstone Ridge from the superb English vintage of 2018 is drinking superbly well.  We would estimate that it will be drinking well into late 2024. It is unusual in that it has been exposed to the infuence of a little, subtle oak. It is made from Chardonnay and Ortega with a little Pinot Blanc.  The Ortega grape is a cross between Siegerrebe and Muller-Thurgau; it is resistant to very cold weather and ripens early, so it is found in cooler climates such as Germany, Canada and England.

A dry, aromatic, lightly rounded white wine with honeyed tones. Its aromas offer an exotic array from honeysuckle, to peach to fresh coconut and vanilla. The full flavours are layered and complex, with peach and tropical fruit flavours predominating and a hint of refreshing citrus on the finish. Albourne Estate Sandstone Ridge is an appealing, full-flavoured English white wine with impressive texture and flavours and quite Burgundian in style. It was well deserving of a Silver Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards in September 2020.

Reviews

“Lovely weight of fruit and impressive body, with nectarine and subtle oak aromas; nectarine plus peach on the textured palate.”  90 points: Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards.

“An unusual blend that has worked surprisingly well. I expected a heaviness with oak and Chardonnay, but this is a breezy, jasmine- and grapefruit-filled wine with clean, long lines of acidity that shimmer on the finish. Bit of citrus-pith adding bite, some white-melon softness and a tiny trace of elderflower mid palate. A lovely match with spring minty fresh-pea soup.”16 points: Jancis Robinson Purple Pages April 2020

“The Ortega grapes are whole bunch pressed and then fermented in second-fill French oak barrels to impart a hint of oak. It then rests on its lees and is stirred for several weeks to develop a richer style, and finally it is blended with the Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.”

Another excellent wine from the Albourne Estate. Alison likes to innovate and if you find Bacchus or Estate Selection a bit dry, this is a more rounded style and definitely a refined, English wine to tempt you!

About the Vineyard

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 owner, Alison Nightingale 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. Since then reasonable vintages of 2014 and 2015 have followed, together with the extremes of a poor 2017 vintage and the amazing 2018 vintage. 2018 was a brilliant vintage for English vine growing with many producers, who have been growing grapes and making wine in England since the late 1980s, saying that this was the best vintage in over 30 years!

The striking labels feature wildlife that are regularly seen in the Albourne Estate and are painted by a local artist, Louise Body. The Sandstone Ridge (formerly named Cellar Selection) label features a Dandelion. You can remember each wine by their lovely labels: which feature in turn, Albourne Estate Bacchus – a Buzzard and Albourne Estate Selection 2019 – a Green Woodpecker.

Fantastic value from us; RRP is £16.95

Food match: An extremely versatile food wine which will be excellent with chicken, pork, fish and shellfish dishes. It will also match well with salads, creamy sauces and risottos. It will partner everything from a Chicken Liver Paté starter, shell fish soup to Chicken Risotto!

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