Jenkyn Place is nestled in the North Hampshire Downs near the quintessentially-English village of Bentley. The vineyard totals 12 acres and is home to the classic champagne variety grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
The first vines were planted in 2004, with further vines added in 2007 and 2010. The vineyards are now at full capacity, with their rows filled with some 15,000 vines!
The vineyards sit on sheltered, chalky, south-facing slopes at 100 metres above sea level, making them ideal for growing the high-quality grapes we need to produce top English sparkling wines.
“We have a great history in England of producing fine sparkling wines on greensand,” explains winemaker Dermot Sugrue. “The greensand topsoil at Jenkyn Place is actually scattered with eroded fragments of chalk, creating an unusual – maybe unique – combination, which is beginning to be translated into the wines. If chalk is associated with more gently-fruited wines of notable finesse and greensand delivers a rounder fruit profile, then we are seeing an element of both in our 2013 vintage. Indeed, the older Jenkyn Place cuvees from 2006 to 2010 have, over the years, achieved quite brilliant levels of completeness once maturity was reached.”
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