Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival

Published by Sally on July 6, 2014

Jenkyn Place

Jenkyn Place

Get thee hence to Jenkyn Place, between Alton and Farnham, on Sunday July 13th to support, sample and secure a stash of English sparkling wines from six Hampshire-based producers. I don’t mind being parochially jingoistic (is such a thing even possible?) about English bubblies – generally we’re doing really quite okay, thank you very much, on the quality stakes with these wines. We sometimes even beat the French at their own game in blind tasting competitions. A little nod of grudging approval, perhaps?

Jenkyn Place is a beautiful spot (see their website for event details). There’s a lovely view across the Wey valley from the top of their south-facing vineyard slope. They have a pagoda-summer house type thing at the top, which I’m told is going to be occupied by a local musical artist, for your additional entertainment.

A £5.00 ticket gets you entry and a tasting of six wines. Food is being organised in conjunction with Hampshire Fare, so I anticipate a hog roast, among other things, will be on the menu.

A wintry Meonhill

A wintry Meonhill

The focus is on the wines though, which is why I’m wading in. There’s going to some informal taste sessions with the winemakers, so …

I don’t know exactly which bubblies they’ll be showing. Of those producers present, these are my top three wines of recently tasted stuff:
Jenkyn Place, Brut 2009 ~£25.00
Meonhill, Brut Reserve NV, ~£22.00 [Ed: yes correct website – just been bought out]
Hambledon, Mill Down Brut 2010, ~25.00

Here are others from these producers (not all of which I’ve tasted).
Meonhill, Chardonnay NV, ~£23.00
Hambledon, Classic Cuvée, Brut NV, ~£25.00
Hattingley Valley, Classic Cuvée 2011, ~£30
Danebury, Cossack Vintage 2008, ~£25.00
Cottonworth, Blanc de Blanc 2009, ~£25.00

Let me know your favourites, and how they all answered those questions!

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