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CHOCOLATE AND WINE CAN TASTE GOOD TOGETHER!
Wine & Chocolate tasting with Amuse Chocolate
In the spirit of Easter and all things chocolatey we are holding a wine and chocolate tasting on Thursday 13th April, and will show you how chocolate really can taste good with wine! Chocolatier Amanda Smith from Amuse Chocolate in Symondsbury will demonstrate the art of chocolate pairing with Furleigh wines. Be prepared to try some memorable chocolate taste experiences such as rose & geranium, baked apple and pine nut and strawberry & black pepper. Amanda’s chocolates are made in Symondsbury and use as many locally produced ingredients as possible. The evening will feature 5 Furleigh wines to try (2 sparking and 3 still), paired with chocolate that complements the wine and challenges our taste experience. Amanda will guide you through flavour combinations, taste sensations and talk about why we love chocolate so much! See our events page for booking details.
FURLEIGH ESTATE LAUNCHES BLANC DE NOIRS AND NEW CLASSIC CUVEES, REFLECTING VERSATILITY OF ENGLISH WINE PRODUCTION AND TERROIR.
Dorset’s finest English wine producer, Furleigh Estate in Bridport, has released THREE new sparkling wines to add to its expanding portfolio –a Blanc de Noirs 2014, along with new Classic Cuvėe 2013 and Classic Cuvėe 2014.
With a track record of international awards behind him, Furleigh’s wine maker Ian Edwards is keen to keep consumers on their toes when it comes to discovering the diversity and complexity that grapes grown in English soil have to offer:
“English wine makers are excelling in producing high quality sparkling and still whites, and as a result consumers are more switched on to the quality being produced and grape varieties that they’re drinking. We want to keep on surprising people’s palates with different ways of using varieties that grow well in the UK such as Pinot Noir, which is a classic ‘Champagne’ variety used in both our still and sparkling wines.” Says Ian.
Furleigh Estate Blanc De Noirs 2014 challenges the traditional trio of grape varieties that make up the majority of English sparkling wines and Champagne, by being made entirely from black grape varieties Pinot Noir (88%) and Pinot Meunier (12%), producing a creamy mousse on the palate with rich ripe red fruity flavours. Grapes were hand-picked and pressed slowly to obtain the best juice. Following the methode champenoise with secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine was left to mature in contact with its lees for over 15 months.
Furleigh has also released two new Classic Cuvėe vintages made from grapes grown in 2013 & 2014, and despite both being composed of an equal blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, the vintages offer very different flavours on the palate, a reflection of age and terrior. The Classic Cuveė 2013 gives a creamy mousse with nutty nuances of roasted almond plus savoury notes from the yeasty complexity, giving a crisp, dry and long finish. In contrast the Classic Cuvėe 2014 offers bigger citrus fruit flavours of grapefruit and Sicilian lemon, with a much more suitable autolytic character.
“England’s unpredictable climate means yields and vintages can vary dramatically. In 2012 no sparkling wine was made, yet 2013 and 2014 saw production double at Furleigh. When we have a good vintage, the cool English climate and long growing season coupled with fertile soils give crisp refreshing fruit driven wines.” Says Ian.
Owners Rebecca Hansford & Ian Edwards only planted their first vines at Furleigh just over 11 years ago and now produce on average 40,000bottles of quality sparkling wine and 10,000 of still wines a year, with a portfolio of 9 different wines to choose from (5 still wines including white, red and rose and 4 sparkling wines). This year Furleigh has had a fantastic run of awards– the Brut Rosė 2010 picked up a trophy at the International Wine Championships and silver medal at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, the Classic Cuvėe won silver at the International Wine Championships, and Bacchus Fumė 2014 won a trophy at the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition for the most outstanding oaked white wine.
The key to Furleigh’s success in producing diverse high quality English wine, as others in the industry will agree, is commitment and passion in producing the best for their customers:
“When it comes to producing wine, we are not only influenced by the grapes that grow well in our local climate and soil, but also by the styles of wine that our customers enjoy. Our cellar door is open to the public almost every day of the year, so we get direct feedback from customer as to what they enjoy drinking and preferred styles. We supply wine to some of the best restaurants in London and the South West, and what they order for their customers is also a good indication of favoured styles,’ says Rebecca.
FURLEIGH ESTATE WINS MEDAL AT THE TOUGHEST SPARKLING WINE COMPETITION IN THE WORLD
Dorset’s finest English Sparkling wine producer, Furleigh Estate, has impressed a rigorous panel of fizz experts at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC).
Furleigh’s Brut Rose 2010 was awarded a silver medal in a blind tasting amongst hundreds of other sparkling wines of similar style and origin.
According to competition founder, judge and wine writer Tom Stevenson, the goal of the CSWWC is to award excellence and guide consumers to the very best sparkling wines. The competition only awards gold and silver medals, unlike other wine competitions that award bronze and commended to around 30 per cent of wines that enter. By doing so the competition believes it raises the bar on standards, thus supporting its reputation of having a tough and rigorous judging process.
Furleigh Estate owner Rebecca Hansford says: “We are no strangers to the rigorous tasting process that wines undergo at both UK and international competitions, especially the CSWWC, which they call the toughest fizz competition on the planet! It’s a great achievement to be awarded a silver medal for one of our best-selling sparkling wines. As a small producer, it’s especially rewarding and satisfying to know that we are up there on the medal list with some of the world’s biggest and oldest Champagne and sparkling wine producers.”
Furleigh has had a fantastic run of awards so far this year– the Brut Rose picked up another trophy at the International Wine Championships, along with Silver for the Classic Cuvee, and Furleigh’s Bacchus Fume 2014 won a trophy at the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition for the most outstanding oaked white wine.
The CSWWCs, which receives entries from all over the world, proved to be rewarding for English vineyards this year, with 20 other English wine producers picking up silver and gold medals. There are now 502 vineyards in the UK (English Wine Producers 2015 report), and producers like Furleigh who receive these prestigious awards are proof that the standard of English sparkling wine production really is on par with the Champagne houses.
“I think British consumers are becoming much more aware about the quality of English sparkling wines, and starting to understand that our production process and end product is the same as Champagne, the only difference being that our grapes are grown on English soil.”
Furleigh Estate launches Blanc de Noirs and new Classic Cuvees, reflecting versatility of English wine production and terroir.: [Rebecca Hansford: 18th Jan 2017 13:07:00]
Furleigh Wine available at World Duty Free: Furleigh Estate sparkling wine available in World Duty Free at Heathrow, Gatwick and Eurotunnel. [Rebecca Hansford: 21st May 2014 10:04:00]
Furleigh Estate in The Times: Very nice write up in The Times for Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvee from Jane MacQuitty [Rebecca Hansford: 21st May 2014 09:00:00]