We’re delighted to announce the release of the Magnums from our 2016 vintage.
There is always something really special about a Magnum. It screams ‘celebration’, not only do they contain the perfect measure to share with friends or family when we are out of lockdown (one bottle serves 12 glasses), they provide theatre to any evening.
Maturing wine in the bigger bottle produces a different wine. We allow our wines to age for longer in the magnum bottle so they develop richer, more complex flavours. Often they will develop a deeper, richer, colour and aroma, but the wines still retain that freshness and vitality that you want in a world-class vintage sparkling wine. The science behind this is that you have roughly the same amount of air trapped between the wine and cork in a standard and magnum bottle, called ‘ullage’. Over time, air passes through the cork allowing the wine to age, but a magnum has twice the volume of wine, 150cl versus 75cl in a standard bottle, so you have twice the amount of wine exposed to the same amount of oxygen. Hence why the wine ages at a slower pace.
Personally, I love our 2016 Rosé in Magnum – it’s so expressive: with all those rich, red fruit flavours of wild strawberries, raspberries and red cherries. It’s drinking beautifully now, but we know that as a magnum it will still be fresh and expressive in two years’ time, just a little more complex. As a food-matcher, it’s such a versatile wine. You can drink it through-out the meal. The dominance of Pinot Noir pairs sublimely with white meat and lamb, as well as panna cotta with red summer berries. Sparkling Rosé is my go-to celebratory wine!
Magnums are the best wines to serve at any celebration such as New Year’s Eve to toast to 2021 and they also make the perfect gift. So, get the cameras out, ‘Instagram ready’ and crack open a Magnum when lockdown ends!