In a nutshell: A delicious organic English Sparkling wine grown on the North Downs in Surrey.
The lowdown: The English climate doesn't make it easy for organic viticulture, but at Nick Wenman's small estate near Guildford that's what they're committed to and they make a pretty good job of it. This, their flagbearing Classic Cuvée is made in the traditional method from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. Fewer than 6,000 bottles of this were produced in 2017. There's subtle fruit on the nose, predominately red berries from the Pinot, a little light citrus from the Chardonnay, and a hint of peach is backed up by a really long, mouth-filling palate that lingers and satisfies. Fresh and lively, the ripe acidity is complemented by a subtle sweetness.
When to drink: An admirable, small production English sparkler, it's an ideal aperitif, or as a partner to seafood and chicken dishes.
Albury Vineyard is the result of Nick Wenman's passion for quality wine. Nick planted the vineyard in 2009 having retired from the IT industry to fulfil his dream of owning a vineyard. Nick believes that key to the sucess of the wines is the vineyard's committment to organic and biodynamic principles, together with excellent winemakers and his talented vineyard manager Alex Valsecchi, one of the few female vineyard managers in England. Her expertise is vital to the running of the vineyard. Albury is a family-run vineyard, with Nick's daughter Lucy now part of the team.
Albury Vineyard is situated on the southern slopes of the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey Hills, just outside Guildford on the A25 towards Dorking. The vines are the traditional Champagne varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as some Seyval and Pinot Gris. We are committed to producing organic fruit without the use of chemicals such as herbicides and fungicides, and produce English wine of the highest quality; a still rosé and quality sparkling wines.