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Chardonnay from our south facing slopes is selected, pressed and vinified separately – before bottling for fermentation. Disgorged after 24 months on the lees, it is released for the summer – three years after the vintage.
Bud burst was delayed this year due to a cold start and April
was the third coldest since 1963. May improved but vine
growth was slow, flowering began on July 6th, being long
drawn-out and slightly affected by rain. August was warm and
settled with above average temperatures and September even
a little better. An attack of Downy Mildew in August reduced
the crop further, but the harvest went well from mid-October,
sugars being relatively high due to the reduced volume which
balanced the high level of acidity due to the cold summer.
Overall, a difficult year which ended satisfactorily for quality
rather than for quantity.
Silver pale with lemony tints, the colour
reflecting the cool growing season and general
lightness of the vintage; white flowers and
spring-like freshness on the nose with citrus
elements and a hint of dry honey, great purity
of fruit on the palate, showing a light creami-
ness at the start contrasting to a taut Granny
Smith acidity on the finish, still very young
[Nov 2019] and will blossom out well during
2020 and beyond, a true reflection of Bride
Valley’s chalky Kimmeridgian soil.