Incredible nature

Submitted by Eileen on Fri, 09/27/2019 - 09:10
Seyval Blanc 2019

This year the vineyard suffered a severe frost at the time of bud burst and we feared for the crop, but these vines are resilient and produced this bounty.  These Seyval Blanc grapes are used along with the Pinot Noir variety to create the Hendred Brut and Cuvée and a small proportion contribute to the still Hendred Mist.  Sparkling wine from these grapes, which will be harvested soon, won't be ready until at least 2022 as the traditional method is used (developed in Champagne), which involves a double fermentation and time 'on the lees', to develop complex flavours. Some sparkling wines, such as Prosecco are usually produced using a method in which the secondary fermentation takes place in large stainless steel tanks rather than individual bottles, making wine less expensive and faster to produce.