The Grange, Hampshire, CLASSIC (2015)

Dry english sparkling wine (case of six)

£186.00

A pale silvery gold with lively streams of fine bubbles, this elegant, refreshing wine will give every occasion a well-deserved shot in the arm: for celebrating anytime.

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The CLASSIC is made with grapes from 2015, the second harvest from the Burge's Field vineyard, but the first time we sent our grapes to the much-garlanded team at Hattingley Valley, led by Emma Rice and Jacob Leadley.

Hand-picked and bunch pressed in mid-October, at the end of a disappointing summer in terms of sunshine, the juice was fermented mainly in stainless steel tanks with a proportion going into aged oak barrels. After some malolactic fermentation to further soften the gentle acidity the 11 base wines were then tasted and blended in a ratio of 55% Chardonnay, 28% Pinot Meunier and 17% Pinot Noir. Secondary fermentation in bottle was followed by 33 months ageing on lees before the wine was disgorged in February 2019 and dosed at 8g/l with 12% alcohol by volume.

We feel this to be a very promising first wine from our new winery team and look forward to the extra complexity that reserve wines will bring to the CLASSIC next year.

A pale, silvery gold with fine rapid mousse.

White and red fruits on the nose with hints of baked apple and brioche.

Very clean and refreshing palate with a full generous mouthfeel, lightly toasted with honey, notes of green apple and distant brioche.

A long, satisfying finish.

We drink the CLASSIC as an aperitif and enjoy it with:

  • fine, buttery slices of iberico ham
  • rich, smoked fish
  • oysters
  • ROKA cheese crispies

This classy, classic blend comes bursting with appley and bready aromas and a gentle hint of wood smoke.

The flavour profile is rich and rewarding, with fresh acidity underscoring a succulent, moreish style.

The ideal aperitif or a fine match for canapés like smoked salmon blinis.

Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, married Masters of Wine