We’re bottling our first wines next Monday and Tuesday. Sarah and I had a final taste yesterday and they’re tasting really good. The Sussex sparkling is a pure Chardonnay ‘Blanc de Blanc’, it’s a great base wine, with good acidity and body which will age really well. This wine will stay in the bottle, on the yeast lees, for about three years, until the end of 2017 or early 2018. Our first still wine is a blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay and this will be sold through the Gun Room in Alfriston from early June, under the label Cradle Valley. I’ll let you when it hits the Cellar Door and you are welcome to come in for a tasting!
This years planting was quite unlike any other, and for more than one reason.
Once again we had the team from Vinplant over from Germany to get our vines in the ground at the beginning of last week.
Unlike previous years we planted quite late (for us) the last week of April rather than the first. Luckily this meant we planted into moist soils from the previous weekends rain and have since had a few good downpours of rain to help bed in the vines. If we had planted early the vines would have gone into parched, dry soils, with no rain for weeks. So much for April showers!