Launch of our first Still Wines

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We are delighted to announce the release of our first ever still wines from the exceptional 2018 vintage.

Since 2018 was a near perfect growing season, it resulted in a large crop of very high-quality fruit.  Although all three varieties cropped extremely well, it was the high yield of Chardonnay that was the greatest achievement, especially considering the quality was also very good.

All of the wines from this year also received very little intervention, with only small sugar and sulphur dioxide additions and everything fermenting with native yeasts.

Langham Still Wines

Dorset Chardonnay

Our first still 100% Chardonnay (RRP £15) was made thanks to spontaneous fermentation, and is unfined and unfiltered.  On the nose it has delicious aromas of kiwi and melon, with fresh salinity and wet stone on the palate. The finish is rich and creamy leaving a long satisfying finish.

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Dorset Rose

And our first still Rosé made from 82% Pinot Noir and 18% Chardonnay is also made thanks to spontaneous fermentation and left unfined. On the nose it has perfumed aromas of redcurrant and raspberry leaf with delicious hints of strawberry and red apple on the palate. The finish is creamy and refreshing.

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Sales and Marketing Manager Required

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We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Sales and Marketing Manager to join our small team based close to Dorchester, Dorset. The chosen candidate will be responsible for increasing sales and driving engagement through a range of activities.

Responsibilities

  • Increase sales across all channels, with particular responsibility for trade and online
  • Manage Tasting Room Manager and promote direct sales
  • Organise and attend events both on and off the Estate
  • Organise and conduct tours
  • Despatch orders as required
  • Work closely with our café operators to develop events and offer
  • Manage existing trade accounts and develop new
  • Develop national distribution and export opportunities
  • Manage website and liaise with web developers
  • Respond to customer enquiries
  • General administration and office support, to include show and competition entries
  • Manage social media accounts
  • Build relationships with wine critics and journalists to ensure good media coverage
  • Work with photographers and designers to develop branded collateral
  • Create content for newsletters, social and website

Personal attributes

  • An enthusiastic and outgoing individual who is self-driven, has the ability to use their own initiative and works well with a team
  • Organised and efficient with attention to detail
  • Willingness to attend external events and work flexible hours (including some evenings and weekends) to meet the demands of the job
  • Able to act as a brand ambassador and communicate our passion for English wines and Dorset produce.

Required skills/experience

  • Sales/account management and customer service experience (ideally within the wine industry) essential
  • Marketing experience, confidence with social media platforms
  • Experience of working with ecommerce platforms
  • A people person who can build strong relationships within the industry
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Computer literate with good Microsoft office skills
  • Full, clean UK driving license essential
  • Experience of working in the wine trade and/or wine-related qualifications would be beneficial but not essential

This is a permanent, full-time position, beginning with a 6 month probationary period.

Salary commensurate with experience, please state salary expectations when applying.

Please send a CV and covering letter to justin@langhamwine.co.uk

 

 

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.