Monday 3rd October 2016,
Dorset sparkling wine producer Langham Wine Estate believes the 2016 vintage could be their best to date, following three months of near-perfect ripening weather.
Owner of Langham Wine Estate, Justin Langham, comments “Although the 2016 season got off to a slow start, with spring frosts and cool temperatures during late April and May, the past few months have been ideal. Here in the middle of Dorset we’ve experienced high levels of sunshine and warmth combined with low rainfall, meaning everything is in place for a fantastic vintage”.
Daniel Ham, Langham’s winemaker continues “The 2016 harvest is shaping up to be the best for many years. The grapes are showing fantastic physiological ripeness with near perfect levels of sugar and acid.”
Langham’s 2011 Classic Cuvée Reserve was recently awarded ‘Most Outstanding English Sparkling Wine’ at the UKVA wine awards for the second year running, and Daniel believes that this years’ harvest could be as good as or even better than in 2011.
Commenting on the comparison between the years he says, “At the current rate of ripening we are looking to start picking earlier than we ever have before. It’s always nice to be able to pick when you want to rather than when you have to!”
Since the new tasting room opened in July, Langham have seen a record number of visitors to the winery for tours and tastings, and expect to host many more during harvest, which they predict will start on the 6th of October.
Visit www.langhamwine.co.uk for directions and full opening times.