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A classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier made using the traditional method. The wine has a persistent lively perlage and characteristic aroma. Lively, fine bubbles help to distribute this wine’s wonderful aromatics; lemon zest and fruity apricot notes with orchard fruit and hints of sweet pastry. On the palate is a really lively citrus quality – it’s more lemon sherbet than lemon zest, prompting a lovely tingling sensation. Richer fruity flavours continue on the mid taste – ripe apricot with juicy apple and pear. A fine mousse with those deliciously rounded fruit flavours make this a really enjoyable and smooth drinking sparkling wine, whilst that persistent sherbet lemon quality keeps it refreshing and light.
Primordia pairs extremely well with fish, seafood and white meats, etc., also wonderful for apéritifs, as well as making for some magnificent cocktails, too. A perfect accompaniment to fresh native oysters or smoked salmon on crostini, brie style cheeses, salami and pâté.
We have recently received a really beautiful hand written thank you card and these lovely words -
Just wanted to thank you for the tour we did yesterday. The tour was excellent as was the tasting after. You obviously have a great passion for your subject and the whole event was a real pleasure.
Blackdown are lucky to have you as their Business Development and Marketing Manager and I wish you every success.
By the way the Sparkling wine in particular is first class and I am sure it will assist greatly to increase your customer base as well as win further awards.
Thank you again for a super day.
We recently hosted an evening tour to a wonderful group of friends from Fernhurst Church. After enjoying a stroll in the evening sunlight the group sat around the table and were encouraged to discuss the wines and compare thoughts - a great time was had by all, including us!
Bud rubbing between three and four thousand plants a day is not for everyone.
Of all the manual tasks in a vineyard, bud rubbing must be one of the most physically painful. And inevitably, the time of year has rolled around again when those buds must be rubbed.
"It's one of those thankless tasks; a real back-breaking job".
Bud rubbing involves workers rubbing and twisting their hands down a vine's trunk to remove shoots and buds – a task which involves repetitive bending and squatting.
Basically, we bud rub because it promotes growth further up the plant, it also helps when we spray so the vines won't be competing with weeds,
Timing is critical because ideally you only really want to do this once!
Hambledon Village Shop attracts attention with great sign ...
Already getting a loyal following, the quality of the wines at Blackdown Ridge is set to go from strength to strength with the engagement of New Zealander Josh Hammond as the new winemaker. Young and dynamic, Josh has a great enthusiasm for English wines and has plans to bring his wealth of experience in making wines for Villa Maria in New Zealand, to Blackdown Ridge. "I believe that this vineyard has great potential for high quality wines" said Josh. "The key is to capture aroma and character, abnd the basis is top quality grapes and modern wine-making techniques".
Josh was born and raised in Marlborough, New Zealand, growing up as the 5th generation on the family sheep farm and vineyard. After studying law and chemistry at university Josh embarked on some world travel and completed vintages in California and France before returning to New Zealand to study winemaking and viticulture. After three years working as a winemaker at home a desire to travel again led Josh to the UK and his new role as winemaker for Blackdown Ridge.
Blackdown Ridge Estate is proud to announce the arrival of Primordia!
Made by the traditional method from the classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the wine has a persistent lively mousse, with fresh baked apricots on the nose. Summer fruit on the palate, with green apples and a hint of citrus. Balanced acidity with a long, refreshing fruit finish. An exquisitely English sparkler and true expression of the Sussex countryside
Pleased to announce the imminent launch of our first sparkling wine in July, contact us to place orders in advance.
English Wine Week Saturday 23rd - Sunday 31st May
English Wine has never been so good, with record smashing production throughout England and an increased trend for long warm summers there is a huge amount to celebrate! So why not kick-start your week with a tantalizing taste of pure Englishness, and join us at The Haslemere Cellar on Saturday 23rd May.
If you can't make it to the tasting, we are also offering Free Delivery* on all our English Still Wine throughout English Wine Week! All you have to do is use the code WINEWEEK at checkout to receive this offer.
*Free delivery on all orders placed between 0000hrs Saturday 23rd May and midnight on Sunday 31st May
The team at Blackdown Ridge have been harvesting the grapes for the 2014 vintage wines over the last few weeks. The grapes for the still wines will go straight into our new, purpose built winery. Our sparkling wine will be made on site from 2015.
We have had mixed conditions for the harvest but are very hopeful of an excellent vintage, after a warm, dry summer. We will be providing regular updates as the wines develop.
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To coincide with the launch of our new website, the team at Blackdown Ridge are delighted and proud to announce the release of our 2013 still wines: English Bacchus, Red and Rosé. Made from grapes grown in our single estate vineyards high in the Sussex Downs, these wines are superb examples of wines from the south of England. We will be holding tastings at the Mill at Blackdown Ridge.
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