Greyfriars - Non Vintage Sparkling Rosé
The 2013 is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes (the 2014 will have 10% of Pinot Meunier in the blend). The grapes are grown on the Greyfriars estate, on the south-facing chalk-rich soils of the Hogs Back, close to Guildford in Surrey. The grapes are hand-harvested at full ripeness in early October. They are crushed and soaked with their skins for two hours before pressing to release the colour. One third of the grapes are fermented and the wine aged in used oak barriques, the remainder is fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine spends about three years on the lees and it has a very small dosage of about 3g/l of sugar. Shows a delicate pale colour reminiscent of a rosé from Provence; hints of vanilla and summer fruits on the nose with fresh, fruity berries on the palate.