Jenkyn Place, a sparkling wine vineyard in Hampshire, southern England, is marking more than a decade of expansion even as yields for its 2016 crop have been reduced by poor weather during bud formation in August of last year.
Simon Bladon and his wife Rebecca first planted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier on their land in 2004 and expanded the vineyard in 2007 and again in 2010, reaching their current total of 15,000 vines. The soil is greensand over marlstone, the wines produced in the traditional Champagne method and vinification is at the Wiston Estate Winery near Pulborough.
Bladon said at a tasting in London last week that he expected yields at the estate, which he runs with his daughter Camilla, to reach about 5 tonnes a hectare, one third of the amount he has achieved in some years. "Last August was very cold and wet, when the buds formed," he said, referring to the latter part of the 2015 growing season. The 25 tonnes he estimates he will get from the 5 hectares planted should produce around 18,000 bottles of sparkling wine.
Jenkyn Place escaped frost in early May that affected some neighboring properties, and while 2016 yields may be lower, the vineyard now has a decade of history behind it. The Jenkyn Place Brut Cuvee 2006 has had 10 years to mature and is 61 percent Chardonnay, 23 percent Pinot Noir and 16 percent Pinot Meunier.