August Bank Holiday Weekend: we will be open for the full bank holiday weekend including the Monday, hope to see you then!
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!
We were delighted that both of our latest releases, the Rose NV and the Blanc de Blancs NV, received gold medals at this prestigious competition where our Classic Cuvee NV also won a bronze.
We were particularly pleased with these results since only 39 wines (15%) won golds from the 254 entered and this continued success comes on the back of several other medals this year.
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.”
We are thrilled that our Rose NV has once again won a medal, this time a silver at the SWA – the only competition to be aimed solely at the on-trade. Judged by a panel of top, leading sommeliers and on-trade drinks buyers, the competition rewards the best wines available to restaurants, bars and hotels in the UK and beyond.
Team leader Carlos Ferreira found ‘some tropical notes on the nose along with cherry, strawberries and green apple. The palate is complex with beautiful bubbles and well-balanced acidity.’ Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish called for some ‘fois gras to match or some fresh crab and prawns’.
Our Rosé NV was awarded a gold medal in the Independent English Wine Awards! This is what the judges had to say:
“Creamy nose. Lovely strawberry flavour with a flintiness too. Lactic tang in the finish is really lovely.” ”Excellent – quite delicate, raspberry yoghurt scent and fresh, balanced, elegant palate, strawberries and cream. Discernibly English.”
“Very English in style, cool and fresh, strawberry yoghurt on the nose, delicate and beautifully balanced.”
“An outstanding example of ESW. The wine shows a beautiful balance between fruit & acid, which makes the wine feel fresh, but not tart. Excellent complexity on the nose & palate.”
“Colour is bright, mousse is great visually. Its creamy but still has great concentration of strawberry. Very dry, but still has enough ripe fruit to lift palate. Acidity is perfectly soft and lifting.”
“Elegance, finesse, great length, creamy mousse, delightful.”
The ethos is to provide a relaxed, informal dining experience where clients can enjoy a coffee and conversation or indulge in several plates of food complemented by Langham’s sparkling wine. Alongside the day to day running of The Hare & Bramble we aim to provide evening experiences for our guests to enjoy throughout the year.
Whether this is a seasonal four – course dinner accompanied by a selection of canapés or Friday Fizz evenings where you can enjoy a selection of small plates and a glass of wine. The vision is simple, to create an atmosphere and food experience that is unlike any other café in Dorset. Our talented chefs &
experienced front of house team will be on hand to ensure every one is well looked after, fed and wined during their time in the café.
A near perfect 2018 growing season resulted in a large crop of very high-quality fruit across all three varieties.
A very cold and wet late winter period gave way to an exceptionally warm and dry spring. With such a distinct change of seasons, bud burst happened very quickly and evenly. Although temperatures dropped to near freezing on the evening of 1st May, the threat of spring frosts this year was low and the vineyard made it through this nail-biting period unscathed.
Hot and dry weather prevailed through the rest of spring and early summer, and flowering of the vines occurred under perfect conditions in mid-June. By this point grapevine phenological stages were proceeding 2-3 weeks ahead of the average and canopy growth continued at a colossal rate. Dry periods were interspersed with small amounts of rain, and combined with soil water reserves accumulated during the winter months, the vines always had a sufficient supply of water. The 1500 new vines planted in May had to be watered on a couple of occasions to ensure root development wasn’t affected.
The first signs of veraison were seen on August 7th, three weeks earlier than usual. Higher rates of precipitation and cooler temperatures in August and early September slowed down the ripening process but also resulted in bunches swelling due to increased water availability. Harvest of the Crawthorne Vineyard Pinot noir began on 27th September, a day earlier than the 2017 harvest and around two weeks earlier than an average year. Picking continued under dry and often sunny conditions for the next couple of weeks and was completed on 11th October with perfectly ripe Chardonnay.
The quantity and quality of fruit received in to the winery over the 2018 harvest was simply astonishing. In addition to the existing capacity extra barrels and two small tanks were purchased so that no fruit had to be sold. This increase in barrel capacity was also required to ensure that the proportion of wine fermented in barrel (30%) to stainless steel (70%) remained similar to previous years and that the ‘house style’ wasn’t compromised.
All of the wines this year received very little intervention, with only small sugar and sulphur dioxide additions and everything fermenting with native yeasts.
Following our recent success in the South West Vineyard Association awards, we were delighted to receive ‘Best Drinks Product’ last month at the Dorset Magazine Food & Farming Awards!
Celebrating the quality and passion behind so many Dorset businesses, the awards are designed to showcase the great and the good in Dorset, and reward the hardworking people behind them, including suppliers and producers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers.
Sponsored by Saffery Champness the Best Drinks Product category included Cerne Abbas Brewery and the Dorset Ginger Company in the line up, so our crafted terroir-driven sparkling wines – using grapes only grown on our vineyard – were in good company!
Judges were impressed with our 30 acres of vines (planted in 2009) that makes us the largest single-site vineyard in the South West, where we produce our low-intervention, sparkling wine in the traditional method from the classic varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier.
2018 has already proved to be a very successful year for us in terms of national awards and so we are proud to be building on that with this latest award from Dorset Magazine. We value being part of a strong and vibrant community of local food and drinks producers here in Dorset.
We were absolutely thrilled to have received the overall trophy for South West Wine of the Year for our Classic Cuvée Reserve Magnum 2011! In addition we won the Chairman’s cup for Best Sparkling Rosé (for the second year running) for our Rosé NV alongside a gold medal for our Blanc de Noirs 2013. All these accolades are testament to the expertise of winemaker Daniel Ham and the commitment of our small team. As first time hosts it was a privilege to have a behind-the-scenes insight into the awards and see the passion that the SWVA committee and judges share for the wines.
The SWVA is one of seven regional associations of the national body Wine GB, and this years’ competition involved artisan producers from across the breadth of the South West, from Cornwall to Herefordshire. The judges this year were wine experts Patricia Stefanowicz MW, Lindsay Oram, Richard Coulson, Jemma Mitchell and Alex Taylor.
For those interested in checking out the range of fantastic wines available across our region, the full awards are available to view on the SWVA website: Click Here