New Year 2015!
Happy new year to you all! Sainte Rose has had a busy start to the year, with a bottling in week 2, new plantation in week 3 and pruning continuing apace. There are new destinations for tasting events on the horizon in the first quarter of the year and the release of a new 2013 Reserve Method Traditional Sparkling wine imminent!
Our first bottling of the year saw more of our fabulous 2014 Coquille d’Oc Rosé going into bottle. This dangerously drinkable rosé is already gracing the shelves of Waitrose stores in the UK and is highly recommended as a refreshing taste of summer during these dark winter days!
We are very excited about the new plantation, which brings our total planted surface area to 40 hectares, which is a nice round number to complete our proposed plantations at Sainte Rose. We have chosen to plant 2.8 hectares of Pinot Noir on two different sites, with the express intention that this variety will add to and enhance our Sparkling wine production, for which demand is currently outstripping supply! This variety is more commonly grown in cooler climates, but we will farm it with our trademark respect for varietal sensitivities and pick it super early in order to add even more elegance and structure to our MT Sparkling Rosé and Blanc de Noir wines.
It will be fascinating comparing the establishment of these vines in the south of France with the establishment of the Pinot Noir vines that we planted in England in 2014! The terroir is completely different, as are the rootstock and clones, but they will both be used for the production in each country of high quality Method Traditional sparkling wine!
We will be showcasing a very special 2013 Reserve Method Traditional Sparkling wine on our stand at ProWein 2015, which will take place in Dusseldorf, March 15-17th. This will be the first opportunity to taste this new addition to our Sparkling range. Our stand number is 11C92! We will also be showing this special Sparkling at the London Wine Fair, May 18-20th in the Grand Hall Gallery, Esoterica – Table F173.
Other events scheduled in the next couple of months take us back to our Celtic origins, with a trade tasting in my home town of Edinburgh as part of the Languedoc group of Producers called the Outsiders (www.languedoc-outsiders.com) and then to Charles’ Ireland for a wine dinner at Ballyvolane House in Cork (www.ballyvolanehouse.ie).