Place Category: Eat & Drink
Our singular, matured vintage-only English Sparkling Cuvées grown in the beautiful Surrey Hills of High Clandon.
High Clandon Estate Vineyard was founded by Sibylla and Bruce Tindale in 2004 to feed a passion for creating a quintessential English Quality Sparkling Wine in the beautiful rolling downs on the Surrey Hills.
Our multi-award winning Quintessence is crafted from the classic trio of champagne grapes – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier & Chardonnay, created in the traditional method – Méthode Champenoise – and with long bottle maturation of almost uniquely five year’s maturation on yeast lees, followed by at least six months after dégorgement for that perfect integration of flavours.
Our Quintessence, our multi-award winning English Cuvées have secured three more international awards medals in 2016. August 2016 Decanter Magazine, High Clandon Celebration Cuvée was ranked in top two of 97 English Sparkling Wines by Richard Hemming MW. Our Magna Carta Cuvée 2010 vintage has been awarded three medals in international wine competitions – Gold, Silver and Bronze to add to the three won for the 2009 vintage Succession Cuvée – an accolade for this boutique Surrey Hills vineyard. It was one of only seven English sparkling wines to win Gold. In the write-up for the Sommelier Wine Awards 2016: “The second year in a row for High Clandon at the Gold table. ‘La classe!’ began an impressed Christopher Delalonde MS of Medlar Restaurant, continuing: ‘Fresh, bright nose with nuts, confit fruit, crushed berries, underlined with minerals. Complex, driven and taut mid-palate with texture and lift. The composition brings ripeness, density and tension together on a long finish with a touch of saltiness adding to the spectrum. Lovely weight with chiselling acidity profile.’ ‘Great style,’ added team leader Angela Reddin, ‘with a sustained sparkle and roast lemons on the palate.”
From this atmospheric new lodge, view the glorious Surrey Hills AONB, and terroir of High Clandon’s lovely vineyard. The GLASS BARN will host sparkling wine tastings alongside Sculpture and Art exhibitions and is open by appointment. The cost is £15 per person to include a talk by the owners, a walk of the vineyard and a tasting. £5 is refundable against purchase of £25 or more.
The design speaks of the elegance of our Quintessence; evokes the vineyard’s unique terroir with the Oak leaf and Stag of Surrey, the crown and roses it’s English heritage.
Uniquely, the label states date of dégorgement and indicates our passion for perfection ensuring a long integration after nearly five year’s maturation on the yeast lees.
We believe that a small hand-manicured vineyard can produce an exquisite English cuvée. The terroir – that mystical marriage of soil, of locale, of climate and cultivation – producing the best grapes combined with the best winemaking results in ‘the expression of perfection’ in their Cuvée.
We are champagne lovers and believe entirely that the best of English sparkling wines can surpass those of France. Bruce is the vineyard and wine expert having obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Viticulture and Oenology from Plumpton College. Sam Linter, owner and award winning winemaker of the Bolney Wine Estate, crafts our Quintessence.
Our vineyard lies high on the chalky limestone of the Surrey Hills, (the same geology as the Champagne region) in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with South East-facing hills capturing & focusing sunlight to ripen our grapes optimally.
High Clandon Estate Vineyard,
Spirit of Christmas 2016