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.
We’re delighted to announce the addition of a brand new cuvée to our range in time for Christmas – Langham Blanc de Noirs 2013!
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.
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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.
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