Jenkyn Place, a sparkling wine vineyard in Hampshire, southern England, saw its 2017 white wine harvest saved by the quality of second budding after 80 percent of its Chardonnay vines were hit by a sharp spring frost.
Bottles of Jenkyn Place at the London Wine Fair. Photo: Guy Collins
While around 80 percent of the Chardonnay was affected by the frost last year, ``we had a very good second budding,'' manager Camilla Bladon, who runs the vineyard with her father Simon, said in an interview at the London Wine Fair. ``The yield is significantly smaller but the quality is really good.''
The vineyard, on the greensand and marlestone of the North Hampshire Downs, was planted in 2004 and had its first vintage in 2006. It specialises in single-vintage sparkling wines from classic Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Additional vines were planted in 2007 and 2010, with more Pinot Noir being added recently. The vineyard produces between 25,000 and 45,000 bottles a year, only making wine when the grapes are of sufficient quality.
The vineyard doesn't yet have its own winery, although one is planned, with grapes being taken to nearby Wiston Estate Winery for fermentation and maturation. Their Irish winemaker is Dermot Sugrue, who previously worked at Wiston and Nyetimber.
The 2014 Jenkyn Place Rose is listed on its website jenkynplace.com at 35 pounds ($46.55) a bottle while its 2013 Brut Classic Cuvee is priced at 29.50 pounds and the Blanc de Noir 2010 at 35 pounds.