Wine Type Sparkling Wine
Style Soft & Fruity Whites
Grower Name Three Choirs
Grape Variety Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir
Closure Natural Cork
Jascots tasting note...
" Using the traditional yeasts of Champagne and made using the Champagne method, this delicious English wine has a wonderful dry, biscuity character with concentrated orchid fruits and zippy acidity and a wonderfully rich and rounded finish. "
Goes great with...
Canapés, Indian / Curry & Fish & Shellfish
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Why you should buy this wine...
English sparkling wine is a great alternative to champagne and very much in the ascendant right now - with estates like Three Choirs turning out wines like this, it's easy to see why.
About The Grower Three Choirs
Growing grapes in this part of England is nothing new. The Romans were growing vines here some 2000 years ago and the tradition was carried on into the Middle Ages by the monasteries who reputedly made wines to rival those of the continent. Building on this long tradition, Three Choirs was founded in 1973, with half an acre of vines as an experiment. A favourable micro climate with warmer temperatures and lower rainfall than in most other parts of England, along with south facing slopes and free draining sandstone soil makes their 75 acres ideal for quality viticulture. Over the years many trials on different grape varieties have taken place and the vines cultivated today are a result of those trials.
The vintage starts in about mid September and continues until early November depending on the weather, with Pinot Noir being the last variety harvested. At Three Choirs all the picking is done by hand, ensuring strict quality control and a rigorous selection process. Each bunch is cut from the vine with as little stem as possible, placed into bins and then brought up to the winery for pressing. At this stage of the process each variety is kept separate. Only after fermentation are the base wines tasted and finally blended into the final cuvée and bottled, ready for the all important secondary fermentation and less ageing to take place.
About The Grape Variety Seyval Blanc View All Wines With This Grape
Seyval Blanc is a light skinned grape variety which ripens early and is ideally suited to relatively cool climates such as England, where it is the single most planted variety. It produces crisp white wines which may benefit from a degree of barrel ageing, and is versatile, used as a varietal wine, in blends and as a key ingredient in many cool climate sparkling wines.
About The Grape Variety Pinot Noir View All Wines With This Grape
Pinot Noir is the grape variety used in all quality red wines from Burgundy, and as a varietal wine in several parts of the New World, most notably New Zealand, California and Chile. It is also one of the three grape varieties commonly used in the production of Champagne and other traditional method sparkling wines of the world, either as a 100% blancs de noirs or (more commonly) as part of the traditional Champagne blend.
Pinot Noir is somewhat temperamental and, unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, can only flourish in certain conditions and when afforded the utmost care on the part of vine-grower and wine-maker alike. Relatively, thin-skinned, the grapes produce red wines of lower tannins, lighter colour and great charm and delicacy which evolve comparatively quickly, although the very best examples are slow to fade.