SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2020
TIME: 16:30 - 17:00
The Grange, Hampshire is delighted to be taking part in one of the Winchester Wine Festival’s virtual masterclasses but we join with everyone in longing for a return to times when tastings can be face to face!
We make award-winning Classic-Method English Sparkling Wines from grapes grown in the twenty-five south-facing acres of Burge’s Field Vineyard, just 6 miles east of Winchester. Our Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir vines produce grapes that combine the soft richness of the Hampshire downland with the structural tension of the flint-laced chalk in which they stand, overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the River Itchen.
Our virtual tasting is going to feature Phil Norman, our Vineyard Manager, Sam Philippot, our assistant Vineyard Manager and Zam Baring, our Managing Partner. We will start with a view from the vineyard to give some reflections on the 2020 harvest that ended back in October and then we will move on to tasting our current wines. We will be pouring the extremely more-ish CLASSIC non-vintage and PINK non-vintage wines which are both based on the 2016 harvest. These are the next iteration of the WineGB 2020 Gold Medal-winning CLASSIC and the Decanter 2020 Platinum Medal-winning PINK (both of which were based on the 2015 harvest and have now sold out).
Phil remembers the 2016 harvest well and we will be searching for evidence of the year in the bottles – for as Ray Bradbury wrote in his novel ‘Dandelion Wine’:
“The wine was summer caught and stoppered… sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks.”
Though we will definitely have sunless weeks between now and the 28th November let’s hope it won’t actually be snowing!
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The Grange, Hampshire: CLASSIC NV RRP £31
Blend: 65% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir. (15% 2015 Reserve Wine). ABV: 12% RS: 9.1g/l TA: 10.3g/l
The Grange, Hampshire: PINK NV RRP £31
Blend: 63% Pinot Meunier, 37% Pinot Noir. (4% 2015 Reserve Wine). ABV: 12%, RS: 5.1g/l, TA: 9.1g/l
Buying the sampling packs:
Please click on this link: https://www.thegrangewine.co.uk/shop/a-mixed-pair to buy the mixed pair, RRP £62 plus delivery.
Post masterclass offer:
At the end of the Masterclass we will be offering a coupon giving a 7.5% discount on all The Grange, Hampshire wines up until the 21st December, 2020.