Launch of our new Classic Cuvees

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L is for Langham and L is for LAUNCH…of Corallian and Culver, our two new Classic Cuvée NVs.

 

Corallian

A lively blend of 62% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir and 9% Pinot Meunier from 2017 with 10% reserve wine. Subtle aromas of cut grass, with notes of oyster shell and baked apple. The palate has a fine mousse with a saline focus, stewed apple flavours, an integrated citrus acidity and a delightfully long finish.

Culver

An elegant blend of 66% Pinot Noir, 24% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay from 2017 with 6% reserve wine. Bright aromas of red apple, plum, strawberry yoghurt and toasted brown bread. The palate has a fine mousse with orchard and stone fruit flavours, alongside a zesty acidity, nice salinity and a long finish.

 

2019 Harvest Report

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The 2019 growing season was a tale of near misses that ultimately resulted in a large crop that struggled to ripen due to unfavourable conditions during the latter part of September and October.

 

Vineyard

An unseasonably warm period during February and March brought the vines out of dormancy and bud burst occurred earlier than the average, on the 1st April. Freezing conditions on the night of the 2nd of April appeared to be catastrophic, with some vines showing signs of frost damage. However, as a result of an early growing season and fruitful secondary shoots, the effect on potential yield was likely very small.

The extremely wet weather at the end of May and early June gave way to sunshine just as the vines began to flower (25th June), with fruit set on the whole being very good. The rest of the summer period saw mixed conditions culminating in a settled period through most of September. At this stage it looked as though we would be harvesting a large crop of ripe fruit.

Unfortunately, from the 21st September the weather became unsettled, with ripening all but coming to a standstill. In order to minimise crop losses to Botrytis, picking of Pinot noir began on 9th October and culminated with Chardonnay on the 20th October. As it was raining for the majority of the harvest period and the percentage of rot was relatively high, pressing of the grapes was carefully monitored, with approximately 5% of juice at the beginning of the pressing process being separated to ensure any impact on quality was minimised.

 

Winery

Following the 2019 harvest the winery is now full. In contrast to last year, there is a small amount of tank space remaining that will make the logistics of blending and bottling next summer easier. In addition this year’s installation of concrete tanks to hold reserve wines will help us to create even more layered and complex wines going forward.

 

 

Silver Medal at Dorset Tourism Awards

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What the judges had to say:

‘A quality experience that opens your eyes’.

BEST OF DORSET TOURISM CELEBRATE WITH 78 AWARDS

We were thrilled to receive a silver medal for our first-ever entry in the small tourist attraction category.

A record 78 trophies were presented to tourism businesses from across the county at the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards dinner, held at The Tank Museum on Thursday 17th October with guest speaker Simon Cripps, Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards broke all records in celebrating the best of Dorset tourism and also as the route for Dorset businesses to win in the South West and national VisitEngland awards.

All parts of the county saw winners – from Shaftesbury and Sherborne in the in the north, to Christchurch, Poole and Bournemouth in the east, and Lyme Regis, Purbeck, Weymouth, Bridport and Lyme Regis in the south and west. Winners had been through what is recognised as one of the country’s most rigorous judging processes involving assessment of entry forms, 115 judging visits and ending with decisions by an independent panel.

 

2018 Vintage all bottled

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After the exceptional 2018 harvest we decided to invest in a new bottling line in order to give us increased throughput and flexibility.

Over the course of August Daniel, our Winemaker, and Tommy, our Assistant Winemaker, bottled over 60,000 bottles across several blends of sparkling and still (for the first time!) wine.

Our usual storage facilities (those of you who have been on one of our tours will be familiar with the wine store) did not have enough capacity to store the latest vintage and so we had to come up with a new solution. Luckily we had access to some disused underground tunnels that, after a small restoration job, were more than perfect for the task.

10th Anniversary celebrations

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Join us for our 10th Anniversary celebrations on Sunday 11th August 2019.

Join us between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 11th August 2019 for special tastings, free winery and tractor vineyard tours, 10% off all bottle purchases and BBQ lunch, no need to book.

Also on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August, come along to sample our Off-Grid Cooking menu!

Off Grid Cooking Menu

Two Golds for a Second Year in a Row at WineGB Awards

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Dorset Producer is the Star of the Show at WineGB Awards

The top winners in the WineGB Awards 2019 were announced on 23 July, when the industry came together at Vintners’ Hall, the spiritual home of the UK wine trade, to celebrate of the outstanding achievements in this year’s national competition.

The resounding winner was Langham Wine Estate in Dorset, which scooped four trophies including Top Sparkling and the highest accolade in the competition, the coveted Supreme Champion trophy for its Blanc de Blancs Reserve NV.

Justin Langham WinesJustin Langham of Langham Wine Estate commented: “In our tenth anniversary year I am absolutely delighted that all our hard work and vision has been rewarded with these four superb trophies.

We are not only thrilled to be bringing some of these trophies back to Dorset for a third time, but also honoured to be recognised in these industry-leading awards amongst some really top-quality competition.”

Blanc de Blancs’ Silvers in IWSC 2019

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Our Blanc de Blancs have won two Silver medals in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019!

Award Winning Sparkling Wine

 

Our first medal, a silver, was for our newly-released Blanc de Blancs Reserve at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition.
 
What the judges had to say:
“Lovely creamy, yeasty and baked-fruit notes on the nose. The palate has complex bright citrus notes, with baked apple, brioch, apricot and grapefruit characters. This has excellent minerality and is truly delicious, with a long, lingering finish.”

And another silver for our Blanc de Blancs 2011 Magnum.
 
What the judges had to say:
“Pale soft yellow gold with white gold streaming bubbles. Wonderful looking glass. The nose is just as inviting, oyster shell, lemon drizzle cake, white hedgerow flowers, hints of dark chocolate, roasting nuts and Pain d’écpices. Wonderful freshness and drive in the mouth, power and elegance with an extended gorgeous finish.”