Urban Cellar are really pelased to annoucne that we are now one of the few stockists of Squerryes Vintage Sparkling Wine.
For the last few years I have been cycling past this vinyards situated on Pilgrims Way between Limpsfield Village and Westerham and I was always curious about the type of wine grown there.
Well, Squerryes have been in the business of creating wine for nearly 300 years and now bottling it. Vintage sparkling wine that reflects the amazing spirit, rich heritage
and the beautiful terroir of our North Downs Estate.
The 2016 reflects the natural energy and purity of the North Downs vineyard, the white chalk seam that sits below the vines acting as nature’s best filter, removing any impurities creating a wine that is very soft and clean with a lovely smooth finish.
In 2016 there was a reasonably early bud-burst, but a wet June and July meant yields were below average. Then the sun came out over the summer to October, giving us the first warm Autumn since 2011. Small fruit bunches were a consequence, which in turn produced a very concentrated fruit, perfect for a high quality wine.
43% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir, 23% Pinot Meunier
Tasting notes from Laura Evans, the resident Master of Wine:
‘Pale straw in colour from the increased amount of Chardonnay with a distinct, fine mousse. Lovely orchard fruits: baked pears with a hint of spice and creaminess on the nose. On the palette it has an abundance of rich, ripe fruit complemented by a hint of brioche and a wonderful, soft mouth feel.
A concentrated full flavour wine, with not too much acidity makes it perfect to pair with a meaty white fish, like monkfish; for the cheese lover: a ripe camembert.’