Westwell Special Cuvée 2010
18th June 2014
A dry and warm March/April got budburst off to a flying start. Then the frosts came, affecting many vineyards, but luckily not us! A cooler, but dry period in June produced decent, if small clusters, in our maiden vintage. The weather turned a little cooler in August and this delayed veraison till mid September when the sun came out in its glory and produced good ripening through to mid October. The Pinots were harvested on the 14th October with the Chardonnay a week later.
Close to a three-way split of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from our ‘middle’ block. 50% of which was barrel fermented in 3-5 year old Burgundian barrels as well as one new French oak barrel to add complexity. Blending and bottling was carried out the following May before spending 26 months ageing in temperature controlled cellars prior to disgorgement.
Fine persistent mousse. Fresh floral aromas with a rounded palate from the greater amount of Pinot in the blend finishing with a lingering rich biscuit finish. The wine is built to last and will enjoy time spent on cork to develop further.
Glass of Bubbly
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