Hampshire’s Jenkyn Place has added a vintage 2014 sparkling rosé to its range. The winery, which was founded in 2004 and whose Brut Cuvée 2010 won gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards two years ago, has previously released only two rosé vintages.
Simon Bladon, owner of Jenkyn Place, told Imbibe that 2014 was a particularly good year for winemaking in England.
‘We got our grapes riper than normal and we only do a rosé in the years in which the Pinot Noir is super ripe,’ he said.
Like most other rosé producers, Jenkyn Place make their pink wines using the assemblage method, replying on the ripeness of a dark Pinot Noir to bring through plenty of colour as they blend in a small proportion of red wine in with the white.
Situated on the south facing slope of the North Downs in Hampshire, Jenkyn Place’s 12 acre vineyard is planted in soils of greens and over chalk and marlstone, growing the classic champagne grapes of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. This new sparkling rosé is made from a blend of 52% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier.
Aged for seven months in stainless steel before being bottled in 2015, the first tranche of this wine was disgorged in January this year and has just 8g per litre of dosage. According to winemaker Dermot Surge it shows savoury notes of fresh bread, citrus and brioche on the nose with bright, delicate flavours of rosehip, redcurrant and cranberry on the palate.
The last time Jenkyn Place released a rosé was 2009. ‘Even though we made a lot in 2009 we ran out of that vintage five months ago, all I had left was magnums, so it’s great to be back with a rosé,’ concluded Bladon.