St Austell vineyard releases its first bubbly
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Knightor Winery near St Austell has released its first vintage sparkling wine, selected from grapes from a single year's harvest in 2011. Treat yourself to the local bubby when staying at our Cornwall luxury hotel in Fowey.
A vintage sparkling wine is only produced from the finest, ripest fruit and will only be made when the quality of the harvest is particularly high.
The sparkling wine from was made with Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay grape varieties and has been maturing over the last few years. The aging process is similar to that of champagne.
Knightor Winery owns vineyards across South Cornwall and all the fruit it uses in its wines are from local growers or their own vineyards. The wine then has a regional provenance and unique Cornish quality.
The popularity and fame of this boutique Cornwall winery has grown since the first wines released in 2012, with certain wines receiving critical acclaim, such as Trevannion and Carpe Diem Rose. English wine is beginning to receive increasing acclaim and compete against established Champagne houses on the world stage.
Adrian Derx, owner of Knightor Winery, said: "This beautiful wine is made from grapes from our very first year in operation - it has been slowly maturing under carefully controlled conditions whilst four other harvests have come and gone."
The sparkling wine is said to have a lot of character in the taste, with aromas of apple, pear and buttery pastry, with delicate citrus flavours. Only 2,000 bottles have been produced.
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