The glorious summer weather and promise of a warm September mean that all English wine producers are hoping for a bumper harvest in 2018. Here at Furleigh we can see that our Germanic, still wine grape varieties of Bacchus and Rondo have a large potential crop and are ripening quickly. We will definitely be harvesting these during the next few weeks. However, the grape varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot MeunIer that we use in our sparkling wine are much further behind. Our Chardonnay is only just going through veraison (the start of the ripening process) and is nowhere near ready for picking yet. Our experience from the last 10 years’ harvests at Furleigh tells us we must be patient. If we want to produce the best possible sparkling wine we know there is no point picking the fruit before the acidity has dropped and sugars have risen. We just have to wait.
We will pray for the Indian Summer we so often get in the West Country during September and October. We will put nets over our rows to protect our precious crop from bird attack and we will watch anxiously for any signs of rot in the grapes. Our vineyard managers will become anxious and desperate to get the crop off so that they can relax at last. Our winemaker will become even more silent and pensive than usual as responsibility for Furleigh Estate’s reputation moves firmly and heavily to his shoulders. Here we go. Good luck, team!
Members of our Wine Club should have already received their invitations to this year’s “Pick, Crush and Dine” Harvest Days. These are being held on Thursday 4th and Saturday 6th October from 10.30am till 3pm. Any Wine Club members who want to join us should contact us quickly to reserve their spaces. There are just a few places left which we are now opening up to anyone who wants to come. Details are shown on our website here. The day starts at 10.30am with tea/coffee and pastries. After some picking, we return to the tasting room for lunch accompanied by Furleigh Estate wine. After lunch, there is chance to go to the winery and press the morning’s pick by foot. We will be looking for volunteers, so make sure you wash your feet that day!
The cost for non-Wine Club members is £45 per person which includes a two-course hot lunch with a glass of Furleigh Estate sparkling wine and two glasses of our still wine with your food.
With the summer holidays coming to an end it is time to get back to that fitness regime you have been planning to restart. Our Nordic Walking in the Vineyard restarts next week and is a fabulous way to see the countryside, meet new people and get fit – as well as enjoying a sneaky glass of Furleigh Estate sparkling wine. The first session is on Thursday 6th September at 5.15pm. See our website for details and to book.
We’d be delighted if you would join us for a Scandinavian Tasting Menu at the Alembic Canteen in the elegantly refurbished Literary & Scientific Institute (LSI) at 51 East Street, Bridport DT6 3JX on Thursday 27th September at 7pm.
The five course menu has been designed and will be prepared by Salt Cø Private Chef & Chocolatier, Christian Ørner.
I will host the reception in the Lower Courtyard of the LSI where the Classic Cuvée 2014 will be served with carefully crafted canapés.
The dinner will follow with Chef Christian Ørner demonstrating how the Scandinavian cured Trout Gravlax, which we will start with, is made using Furleigh Estate’s Blanc de Blancs 2013 for the Granita.
The Tasting Menu which follows consists of:
Tickets are £70.00 per head which include all wine pairings. Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book here.
If you missed our fantastic evening earlier this year with journalist, Suzy Atkins, where Ian our winemaker showed us a few of his winemaking secrets, there is still chance to see a glimpse of the evening. Vinelives.com filmed the evening as well as interviews with Suzy and me. You can see the results by following this link.
Furleigh Estate: 31st Aug 2018 11:08:00