With 30 acres of vines in the Hampshire Downs, 5 miles east of Winchester, it is the deep chalky subsoil that is key to the success of the superb Grange Estate sparkling wines. Acting like a sponge, it stores water from the winter for the heat of the summer. It also imparts a steely minerality, finesse and precise structure to this “Classic” sparkling wine. A blend of 65% Chardonnay with 20% Pinot Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir, it fermented 86% in stainless steel tanks, with 14% in old oak barrels. 33 months of lees-ageing in bottle has contributed a beautiful complexity to this wine. Pale silver-gold colour with lively bubbles, aromas recall lemons, red berries, baked apple and honeyed brioche. Palate is clean, full and generous, with satisfying layers of flavour, the finish being long, harmonious and crisp.