Jenkyn Place Vineyard - Classic Cuvée 2013
Jenkyn Place vineyard is situated in the beautiful Hampshire countryside.
The historic Grade II listed house, ‘Jenkyn Place’, dates to the 17th century. Harold Sanderson, (owner of White Star Liner) previously owned the estate and it is believed it was here, in 1912, he received news that Titanic had sunk. The estate was also previously well-known for its exquisite gardens, including one of the longest herbaceous borders in England.
Jenkyn Place is now home to the Bladon family. Simon Bladon is a property developer and entrepreneur from Yorkshire. In 1997, Simon and his wife, Rebecca, moved to picturesque Hampshire. After renovating their magnificent house and creating a home, they turned their attention to the estate’s outdoors.
Abandoned hop fields surrounded them. Stretches of sheltered, south-facing fields lay 100m above sea level on a bed of chalk. Agriculture was obviously viable due to the land’s previous role growing hops. Simon began to seriously consider the possibility of growing grapes.
Not one to shy away from risk or adversity, Simon planted Jenkyn Place’s first vines in 2004. The vines thrived. More were planted in 2007 and 2010, bringing today’s total to their full capacity of 15,000 vines over five hectares.
Jenkyn Place is planted with the three ‘classic’ varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Personally, I’m pleased that Simon has chosen his focus, (sparkling wine production) and remained true to his vision. It would be all too easy to want to grow volume further. I have huge respect for both Simon and his daughter, Camilla, for acknowledging the land is at capacity and continuing to focus on producing the highest quality fruit to make the highest quality wine. The volume is not small, but even so, it may benefit them by having some form of ‘limited’ availability.
Many winemakers worry about consistently producing enough stock to last between each vintage, (especially due to the unpredictable English climate). However, Jenkyn Place did not make wine in 2011 or 2012 as they didn’t believe the grapes were of a high enough quality to put their name to. Instead, they sold the grapes.
You must admire that decision.
All Jenkyn Place’s wines are made by the extremely talented and charismatic Dermot Sugrue at Wiston Estate. You couldn’t ask for a better winemaker to entrust your grapes and wine with.
The wines are produced via the traditional sparkling wine method, the same as in Champagne. The wines spend at least three years on their lees prior to release.
Classic Cuvée 2013 Launch
On 31st July 2017, Jenkyn Place launched their 2013 Classic Cuvée. This was the first release since their highly-acclaimed 2010 vintage.
I was very lucky to be invited to the launch, to learn more about the company and to stroke their vines. Thank you so much to R&R Teamwork for organising this. I adore visiting vineyards and Jenkyn Place had long been on my To-Do list. It didn’t disappoint.
It was a bright, sunny day which showcased the vineyard in all its glory. Simon and Camilla, who has recently taken a step further into the family business, welcomed us and conveyed their pride and enthusiasm with heartfelt warmth.
Camilla Bladon has grown up with vines in her family. Her focus is on the marketing and design side of the business. As such, Camilla designed the new Jenkyn Place bottle label which adorns the 2013 vintage. She has successfully blended her family’s heritage and ethos with a sleek, modern, easy-to-read style. Seeing the library of bottles side by side, you can see the logical progressions telling the story of the estate as it expanded and found its feet. I can’t wait to see how they flourish even more in the future.
Classic Cuvée 2013
24% Pinot Noir
14% Pinot Meunier
Appearance: Bright golden hue with a steady stream of medium-sized bubbles and a good lasting mousse.
Aromas: Soft stewed apple and pear aromas with juicy apricot. A touch of clementine skin.
Palate: Gorgeously silky with prominent juicy, tangy clementine flavours alongside soft lemon.
Opinions: A delicious sparkling wine which is lovely to drink now, but will age beautifully.
I love Jenkyn Place, both the vineyard estate and the wines. I look forward to seeing their wines develop with age and to plenty more new releases.