Ancre Hill Estate Organic Sparkling Rose 2013

£27.50 GBP

Ancre Hill estate is based in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire, the 12 hectares of vineyards are on the slopes close to the Wye Valley. The family run wineries ethos of believing that "great wine is made in the vineyard" is brilliant to see in a country that isn't know for making wine. They are fully organic and biodynamic. Wales is not known for producing wine due to its climate, with its very sporadic weather patterns its hard to judge. However, the vineyard still manages to be farmed organically despite this.

The sparkling wines at Ancre Hill are all traditional method and this is no difference. The bunches are pressed on a long cycle and the free run juice goes through a wild fermentation to start the process in the winery. It then spends 12 months in mixture of Austrian oak, Concrete eggs and stainless steel. Then the wines spend three years on the lees to really enhance the flavour and develop the complexity needed to make this a top wine. The wine is full of fine floral notes, with loads of berries that keep it tasty and fresh. 

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