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Sussex vineyard launches first sparkling wine

Published:  13 June, 2013

Redfold Vineyards in West Sussex has launched Ambriel, an English sparkling wine it hopes will rival others on the market.


Charles and Wendy Outhwaite have been operating Redfold Vineyards since 2008, which comprises 9.5ha of vines overlooking the South Downs.


The vineyards are planted with traditional Champagne varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier - many of which are high-quality Burgundian clones.


The Outhwaites have enlisted winemaker Kobus Louw to help capture the unique characteristics of the Sussex soil and climate. Following blending and bottling, the wines are stored in temperature-controlled conditions for a minimum of two years.


Wendy Outhwaite said: "We are proud to be producing a wine at a time when those in the know follow their palate, not their prejudices. Without sounding too John Bull-ish, our wines are unapologetically English - not 'sham-pagne' - and they taste divine!"