Friday English Fizz

To celebrate the wane of Winter and the dawn of Spring we’re showcasing English fizz at Corkage over the next few weeks.

This week’s fizz is the wonderful Furleigh Classic Cuvée 2017 from Dorset. To compliment the wine we are serving Pacific oysters from Cornwall, alongside our small plate menu which has other great matches for this English sparkler.

Next Friday we’ll be showcasing a wonderful English fizz from the Rathfinny Estate in Sussex.

About the Vineyard:

Furleigh Estate is 85 acres of vineyard, lakes and grazing land surrounded by woodland. The area is teaming with wildlife; buzzards fly overhead; deer, pheasants and partridge roam the vineyard, while heron fish regularly from the lakes to which our resident geese return each Spring.

Four years of careful planning and investment has transformed the former dairy farm into a modern and productive vineyard and winery.

Over 22,000 vines grow on the south facing slopes of the Estate. 15,000 of these are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier used to produce our classic quality sparkling wines. Bacchus and Rondo are also grown to produce fine still wines.

A 5,000 square foot winery was built in 2007. This now accommodates a specialist pneumatic press, designed to carry out the very gentle whole bunch pressing required for quality sparkling wines. Temperature controlled stainless steel tanks from Italy and Germany, oak barrels from Cognac and riddling and dosage machinery from Epernay in France complete the major equipment.

A temperature controlled cellar provides the ideal conditions to store still wines and mature sparkling wines on their lees, so as to develop the best flavours and mousse possible.

A classic dry sparkling wine with a refined elegance. The colour is pale lemon straw with a steady stream of minute bubbles.

It has floral aromas of apple blossom interlaced with ripe melon and Constance pear plus a delicate thread of minerality. On the palate the fine mousse marries citrus flavours of grapefruit and Sicilian lemon with a crystalline structure and zesty acidity. It has excellent poise and a persistent finish.  The autolytic character is subtle.

Grapes: Chardonnay

Abv: 12%

Bottle: 750ml

Serve this English classic well-chilled as an aperitif alongside canapés such as smoked salmon blinis, angels-on-horseback, or with a seafood platter including oysters. Also good with white fish, such as sea bass, sea bream or creamy seafood gratin. Try it with local fish and chips!