Langham Wins Gold Medal in the IEWA

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Our Rosé 2014 was awarded top sparkling wine and a gold medal in the second Independent English Wine Awards!
We’ve been celebrating following fantastic results in the 2018 Independent English Wine Awards (IEWA) with a Gold medal for our sparkling Rosé 2014 which was also chosen as this year’s top sparkling wine. In addition our recently released Langham Blanc de Noirs 2013 was awarded a Silver medal.

England’s only independent wine competition saw 88 different wines from 22 counties and 51 different producers blind tasted by an 18-person judging panel and chaired by Liam Steevenson MW, all within Bristol’s Rummer Hotel. Judges praised our traditional-method Rosé sparkling wine, applauding its “excellent nose” and “ripe brilliant aromatics.” You must come and try for yourself!

We are delighted to have received these awards which reflect our passion for producing world-class sparkling wines from our Dorset estate. The calibre of this competition is extremely high and we are very proud that such an acclaimed group of judges deemed our Rosé 2014 the top sparkling wine. This is a huge boost for our small team as we move in to a busy time bottling last year’s wines, tending the vines and welcoming visitors to the estate.

 

Award Winning Sparkling Wine
In case you’ve not tried it, our Langham Rosé 2014 is a beautiful salmon pink sparkling cuvée, and a blend of our finest Pinot noir (89%) and Chardonnay (11%). This wine has a fine stream of small bubbles with a rich nose of butter pastry, strawberry and fresh red cherry. The palate is light and refreshing with flavours reminiscent of summer fruit pudding and a complex honeyed richness on the finish. It can be happily enjoyed on its own, with lightly spiced Asian-inspired dishes or with fresh fruit desserts.

Our Blanc de Noirs 2013 is a harmonious blend of 58% Pinot noir and 42% Pinot meunier, produced in a year when the red grapes are deemed of exceptional quality. Rich gold colour with a stream of fine bubbles, the nose is alive with red fruit, violet and brioche aromas. These flavours are joined by citrus fruit on the palate and complemented by the complexity derived from prolonged lees ageing. The Blanc de Noirs 2013 drinks equally well on its own or with food and is perfect now, or, if you can bear it, lay down in your cellar for up to three years.

 

 

Langham Fizz Rosé Sorbet

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Langham Wine Estate collaborates with Purbeck Ice Cream to produce the Langham Fizz Rosé Sorbet!
Langham Purbeck Ice Cream

Just in time for Valentine’s Day we celebrated the launch not of a new wine, but of Langham Fizz Rosé Sorbet, a brand new flavour Purbeck Ice Cream has concocted using our sparkling Langham Rosé 2014!

Following the Purbeck Ice Cream ethos of sourcing ingredients as locally to Purbeck as possible, the Langham Fizz Rosé Sorbet is this year’s flavour of pure luxury, and coincides with the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

The sorbet is available in our Vineyard Café here at the winery and in selected restaurants and hotels (contact Purbeck Ice Cream directly for a list). It’s a beautifully light, refreshing palate-cleanser with a subtle taste of red fruits and berries!

As you know we really value being part of the Dorset food and drink scene and love working with local producers. With Purbeck Ice Cream being so close to the Wine Estate it makes a lot of sense to combine two favourite treats – sparkling wine and sorbet – so we leapt at the chance to help create this unique flavour.

We hope you can come and try the Langham Fizz Rosé Sorbet in The Vineyard Café soon, either served as a refreshing dessert option on its own, or accompanying one of Andrew James’ homemade treats.

 

Tom’s Pruning Masterclass

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On Saturday 20th January we hosted our first Pruning Masterclass! Read on to find out what the day was all about.

Our Vineyard Manager Tom took over for the morning and taught our keen group of guests the basics of this key process in the grape growing year (vital for the healthy development of our vines – all 38,000 of them) which takes place from December to March. It’s a side of the winemaking process often overlooked for the more glamorous tasting, or more familiar processes such as blending, bottling and ageing, despite it arguably being the most important job of them all! Tom also spoke about how to care for your tools and how the theory of pruning can be adapted to other plants in the garden. Everyone was left green-eyed when the electronic secateurs came out! Tom talked in detail about the importance of spacing, height, style and maintenance of vines specific to Langham Wine Estate’s site – in our case Vertical Shoot Positioning (or VSP).

After a detailed induction in the tasting room, where everyone had the chance to fire questions at Tom (ably assisted by winemaker Daniel), everyone headed out into the wintry vineyard for the chance to put their newly learned skills into practice. Guests split into pairs and after studying yesterday’s work on a row of Pinot Meunier, were let loose on their own vines. Everyone was extremely respectful of each vine and, although fully briefed, ensured either Tom or Daniel approved their choice of cane, spur and cutting position.

Dorset Wine - Pruning
Dorset Wine - Pruning
Dorset Wine - Pruning
As the rain could hold off no longer, and we don’t prune in the rain due to the risk of spores (plus it’s a bit miserable!), the group then headed back into the warmth for a tutored tasting of the Langham range, and a hearty bowl of local game stew (or ratatouille), prepared by Andrew James and The Vineyard Café team. The marmalade bread and butter pudding with lashings of custard was just what was needed after a stomp around the chilly, soggy vineyards!The feedback we received is testimony to the fact that a brilliant day was had by all. It was great to have so much enthusiasm for this all-important process on what was admittedly a pretty bleak January day, and so we hope to have inspired as well as educated.Do keep an eye on our website and social media for details of upcoming events, including our Fizz Fridays!

 

Customer Service Assistant Required

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We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Customer Service Assistant to join our small team based close to Dorchester, Dorset. The chosen candidate will be responsible for delivering an exceptional customer experience and increasing sales.

Sorry, this position has now been filled

Responsibilities

  • Increase direct sales through tasting room, shows and events
  • Manage tasting room including cash handling and presentation standards
  • Organise and conduct tours
  • Respond to customer enquiries
  • Despatch orders
  • Attend events both on and off the Estate
  • General administration and office support
  • Contribute to social media
  • Trade account maintenance and training

 

Personal attributes

  • An enthusiastic and outgoing individual who is self-driven and has the ability to use their own initiative
  • Good communication skills essential
  • Organised and efficient with attention to detail
  • Willingness to attend external events and work weekends
  • A demonstrable interest in wine, able to act as a brand ambassador and communicate our passion for English wines and Dorset produce

Required skills/experience

  • Sales and customer service experience
  • Strong people skills enabling good relationships and team working
  • Good levels of numeracy
  • Computer literate with good Microsoft office skills and confident with social media platforms
  • Full, clean UK driving license essential; ability to tow a trailer desirable
  • Experience of working in the wine trade and/or wine-related qualifications would be beneficial
This is a permanent, full-time position (but we would be open to candidates who want to work reduced hours) beginning with a 6 month probationary periodSalary: £18,000 per annum (depending on experience)

Please send a CV and covering letter to caroline@langhamwine.co.uk
Closing date: Friday 9th Feb, interviews w/c 12th Feb

 

Introducing the Blanc de Noirs 2013

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We’re delighted to announce the addition of a brand new cuvée to our range in time for Christmas – Langham Blanc de Noirs 2013!
Langham Blanc de Noirs
Rich gold in colour with a stream of fine bubbles, the wine is a harmonious blend of 58% Pinot noir and 42% Pinot meunier. The nose of Langham Blanc de Noirs 2013 is alive with red fruit, violet and brioche aromas. These flavours are joined by citrus fruit on the palate and complemented by the complexity derived from 40 months lees ageing.
Our decision to produce a Blanc de Noirs followed a successful Pinot noir and Pinot meunier harvest in 2013. The grapes, both black varieties, were picked from 11th-24th October 2013 and after fermentation the wine was left to age on its lees for six months before being bottled. Secondary fermentation in the bottle has resulted in a beautiful fine stream of bubbles!
We feel our Blanc de Noirs 2013 is a wine suited to all occasions and it certainly drinks equally well on its own or with food. If you’re looking for something special to toast the festivities this season it’s perfect to drink now. However if you’re buying as a gift or to lay down in your cellar, our winemaker Daniel recommends that you age for up to three years.

 

The 2017 Harvest Report

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Despite a nerve racking start to the growing season, the 2017 harvest has provided a generous yield of high quality fruit and our second largest harvest to date.

Vineyard

Severe advection frosts at the end of April devastated many vineyards in northern Europe for the second year in a row. Although our vineyard didn’t escape completely unscathed on the whole we were extremely fortunate. Spring and early summer brought fine, dry conditions that saw the vines race ahead. Flowering in the Pinot noir and Pinot meunier happened quickly with good fruit set. The Chardonnay, being a week or so behind, was affected slightly by showery weather but was still successful. Following flowering the weather became rather unsettled with a lot of rain throughout August and into early September.

This deluge caused some splitting in berries which increased disease pressure in the form of Botrytis during the ripening period. With such an early season and fairer weather towards the middle of September, the fruit ripened very quickly and we began our earliest harvest on Thursday 28th September. The ripest of the Pinot noir and Pinot meunier had all been picked by Wednesday 4th October (still a week before we’d normally begin picking) and the Chardonnay and second pick of the Pinot noir and Pinot meunier was completed by Wednesday 18th October

Sparkling Wine Maker

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Development of a separate grape receival area greatly improved the efficiency of initial fruit processing. In addition, the construction of an innovative barrel racking system and the purchase of new tanks, has not only provided us with the capability to hold reserve wine from year to year but also allowed us to increase our capacity for contract winemaking.

Although the Pinot noir was the highest cropping variety this year, it is the Chardonnay that was of the highest quality. In a move to reduce winemaking inputs and improve wine quality almost all the juice was left to spontaneously ferment. Some batches of the Pinot noir were a little sluggish and were inoculated to remove any risk of spoilage. All of the Pinot meunier and Chardonnay was fermented using indigenous yeasts and initial impressions are excellent.

 

2017 Set to be a vintage harvest

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Our 2017 harvest began two weeks earlier than usual as a result of fine weather in spring and early summer. The team began picking the Pinot Noir on September 28th and the Chardonnay on Thursday 5th October. Daniel our winemaker comments on the potential quality:

“We were fortunate enough to escape the devastating spring frosts and experienced a fantastic start to the growing season due to the dry, sunny weather in May and June. Although August and September were challenging in terms of the amount of rainfall we received, diligent vineyard management combined with an early ripening period has resulted in excellent yields of very good quality fruit.”“After plenty of grape tasting and weather watching we decided to begin picking on September 28th, considerably earlier than 2015 and 2016 when we began picking on October 11th. As the first fermentations begin to take hold, early indications are that the wines from this year are of exceptional quality.”

The prospect of a promising 2017 harvest adds to the excitement of our recent major investment in the winery. As the company continues to expand there has been an increase in capacity of both the fermentation tanks and barrels plus the addition of a press pad for initial grape receival and processing.
Langham Harvest 2017
Langham Harvest 2017
Langham Harvest 2017
Langham Harvest 2017

 

Award Winning Sparkling Wine

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We recently celebrated success in the 2017 South West Vineyard Association (SWVA) annual competition with two trophies.
 
The Ray Palfrey Cup for the Best Sparkling Wine was awarded to Langham Blanc de Blancs 2014, and The Chairman’s Cup for Best Sparkling Rosé to Langham Rosé 2014. Both of these wines received Gold medals, two of only five awarded throughout the whole competition.

First Fish and Fizz Evening

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To celebrate English Wine Week (27th May – 4th June) we hosted our first Fish & Fizz evening on Friday 2nd June.
 
Tickets cost just £35 for a winemaker tour followed by a gourmet fish and chips supper from Dorset caterer Andrew James, plus 2 glasses of Langham sparkling wine. The limited tickets sold out fast!
Sparkling Wine Dorset
Winery Dorset
The tour started at 6pm when winemaker Daniel Ham took guests around our beautiful Dorset vineyards and on-site winery – where all the magic happens. After that guests then enjoyed a glass of Langham Blanc de Blancs 2011 paired with a fish and chips supper cooked by Jo and Andrew James, using local Dorset Arctic Char. This was followed by a delicious dessert of fresh strawberries paired with a glass of Langham Rosé 2013 – the perfect accompaniment on an early Summer’s eve!

Due to the tour being a fast sell out we’ll be sure to repeat the night – watch this space!

 

Langham Wine Estate Tasting Room Opens!

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tasting room

After months of hard graft our tasting room is now open to guests; an original barn tastefully restored into a rustic yet practical tasting room.

Natural light is let in through floor to ceiling glass doors at one end, whilst industrial style lamps light up the bar area, complementing the traditional, provincial ambience. The décor is stylish yet timeless, with natural wood adorning the front of the tall bar, and a cool, concrete floor.

The tasting room will be used to host tours, and provides a beautiful space in which to taste Langham’s wines – for both organised visits and curious passers-by. Available for private tours, tastings and exclusive hire, eventually Justin and Daniel plan to host ticketed dinners with well-known local chefs.

Justin Langham, owner and founder of Langham Wine Estate, comments on the opening: “Dorset has everything required to produce wines of the highest quality: chalk soils, a warm climate and long growing season. Our tasting room opens up the opportunity for even more people to come and enjoy our wines just a stone’s throw from the vineyard and winery where they are produced.”

Daniel Ham, Langham winemaker continues: “We hope that it will encourage people far and wide to discover what Dorset has to offer, to taste, to visit the estate and get a personal insight into how we go about producing world-class wines.”

The opening comes hot on the heels of Langham’s recent success in two international awards this summer. As well as retaining the Vintner’s Trophy for Most Outstanding Wine in the annual UKVA awards for the Classic Cuvée Reserve 2011, Langham Blanc de Blancs 2011 won Gold in the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and Gold in the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), in the Bottle Fermented Sparkling category.

The tasting room is open 11am-5pm, Thursday to Saturday in July and September, and Tuesday to Saturday in August. Go to the visits page for opening times.

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