Leckford Estate is a vineyard planted by Waitrose in 2009. This Brut sparkler comes from the second harvest at the 5ha site in 2012; a vintage which winemakers describe on a scale between very challenging and disastrous. It’s a classic blend of Chadonnay and both Pinot’s. The wine was produced at Sussex giant Ridgeview.
This is a compelling offering that shows complexity and depth on par with some of the best classic cuvées in the country. It goes to show that vine age isn’t essential to make a high quality traditional sparkler.
The lemon zest attack swiftly gives way to pastry flakes and rich tea biscuits in the creamy mid palate. There’s a sense of exuberance and great depth of flavour on show. It flirts with being rich and savoury but stays loyal to its fresh, youthful character.
Strong racy acidity and vivacious fizz ensure a revitalising finish. Excellently English in heady, persistent, energetic fashion.
Look out for more Hampshire reviews in the coming weeks as we shine a spotlight on the exciting region.