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Greyfriars ‘Cuvée Royale’ 2015.
Those zipping down the Hogs Back on the M3 may have heard the siren song from Greyfriars Vineyard, which lies nearby on the sunny, chalky slopes, just outside Guildford in Surrey. Concentrating largely on the three champagne grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the sparkling wines from Greyfriars have won several gold awards at international wine competitions. Not officially created to celebrate the Royal Wedding but beautifully timed, the Greyfriars team have released a limited edition, single vineyard bottling called the ‘Cuvée Royale’. Just 2400 bottles of the exquisite wine were made and each are individually numbered. It’s made with from the best parcels of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (in equal parts) from their Monkshatch vineyard which were fermented in old oak barrels to impart a creamy texture and richness. We’d describe it as zesty and refreshing with a lemon cream coolness and perfectly judged amount of brioche and weight. Gorgeous now but will keep for several years. For £30, it’s a bargain, quite frankly. If you can get your hands on it, that is!
You can buy Greyfriars ‘Cuvée Royale’ 2015 here RRP £30.