Rosé Reserve, Greyfriars

  • Vintage
  • 2013
  • Style
  • Fizzy, Pink
  • Region
  • England, Surrey
  • Producer
  • Greyfriars Vineyards
  • Pairing
  • Soft, creamy cheeses
  • Grapes
  • Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
  • Alcohol
  • 11.5%

Greyfriars Vineyard was first planted in the Surrey Hills in 1989 and has been producing great grapes and wines for over 20 years.

The current owners, Mike and Hilary Wagstaff, took over in 2010 (the same year as Hampton Cheese and Wine Company was founded), with the aim of expanding the vineyard, building a state of the art winery, cellar and tasting room and producing stunning quality English sparkling wines.

They have planted over 30 acres of new vines, predominantly the three classic Champagne grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This has enabled them to create a small range of spectacular Engish sparkling wines reflecting the unique local soil conditions, climate and terroir of the Surrey Hills.

By the end of the decade, they will be producing over 100,000 bottles annually including this excellent Vintage Blanc de Blancs.

The Rosé Reserve is made from 100% pinot noir grapes from a single vintage.

This is the third vintage of Rosé Reserve produced at Greyfriars. 2013 was a good vintage and despite a slow start due to a very cold March, they then had a warm, dry fruit set in early July and a coolish ripening season. As a result 2013 was characterised by large yields of good grapes. 

The grapes were crushed and soaked on their skins for two hours before pressing to release the colour. One third of the wine was fermented and aged in used oak barriques with the remainder in stainless steel tanks.