With May about to begin and just less than three weeks until the Royal Wedding, Surrey-based Greyfriars Vineyard have made a well-timed launch of their special edition Cuvée Royale.
2,400 bottles have been produced, all of which are hand numbered and come in a striking, elegant silver and black labelled bottle.
Greyfriars Vineyard Cuvée Royale is made from a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir with 24 months combined ageing on the lees and under cork. The grapes were handpicked entirely in 2015, before being whole bunch pressed, fermented and then aged in old oak barriques.
The resulting wine is arguably the best wine from Greyfriars to date. Do check back soon as I'll have a full review of the Greyfriars Cuvée Royale in May.
Greyfriars Vineyard owner and Winemaker, Mike Wagstaff, explains why they decided to produce the new cuvée:
“In addition to our non-vintage and vintage ranges of sparkling wine, three years ago we decided to create some small parcels of extra special wines that reflect the very best of each particular vintage. These are either single vineyard wines or blends which best reflect the unique character of the vintage. The first of these is the Cuvée Royale from 2015 which is a blend of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from our Monkshatch vineyard.”
Mike explains the wine wasn’t originally created to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
“The working name for the wine was always Cuvée Royale, as we sensed it was going to be something special. Now we have come to release this wine is particularly appropriate in light of the forthcoming Royal Wedding.”
Greyfriars Vineyard 2015 Cuvée Royale is available now priced £30 per single bottle from www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk