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Guests and racegoers at the Investec Derby Festival will be raising a glass of English wine for the first time as the racecourse serves a selection of locally sourced wines.

Epsom Racecourse will serve local still and sparkling wines produced by acclaimed producers Albury Organic Vineyard and Hoffman & Rathbone in Sussex.

Guests in the Jockey Club Suite will be able to enjoy a sample of all wines and the Silent Pool Rose will be available to the public in owners and trainers, the Mezzanine Champagne Bar and the new Tree Bar in the Grandstand.

Tasting notes for each wine include:

Albury Organic Vineyard – Silent Pool Rose 2013

Silent Pool Rosé 2013 is a dry, elegant, crisp, Rosé wine made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. It has aromas of strawberry, light cherry and peach followed by fresh summer fruit flavours with balanced acidity and a long finish.

Hoffmann & Rathbone – Rose Reserve 2010

The 2010 Rosé Réserve is a characterful and moreish pink coral coloured sparkling rosé. A pretty, floral and fragrant nose of strawberry and apples. The wine displays enticing flavours of red cherries and fresh figs with crisp citrusy acidity on the mid-palate, perfectly balanced by a delicate dosage.

Simon Durrant, General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse said, “During the two day Investec Derby Festival we try and source as much produce from local farms and we are delighted to be working with local Vineyards and wine producers for the first time and hope to extend our partnership with them to other hospitality outlets in 2015.”

To book tickets to the Investec Derby Festival please visit www.epsomdowns.co.uk or call Epsom Downs Racecourse on 0844 579 3004.

By |May 23rd, 2014|General News|Comments Off on ENGLISH WINES SERVED DURING INVESTEC DERBY FESTIVAL 2014

Jancis Robinson …the best English red I have tasted.

Gusbourne Pinot Noir 2011
21 Dec 2013 18:08 by Jancis Robinson

I must credit wine storage specialist Jeremy Pearson of LCB for suggesting I taste this wine after we had been discussing English red wine via email. The produce of one of my favourite English sparkling wine producers and an unusually warm vintage. Clones 828, 777 and 20/13, all de-stemmed (sounds sensible in the English climate). Fermented at 22 deg C for 14 days the aged for seven months in French oak of which 20% was new. TA 6.4g/l. Smart screw-capped bottle.

Unusually (for England) depth of crimson. There is a light hint of Pinot Noir on the nose and the palate is certainly well balanced. No excess of sweetness, nor (just) acidity, nor oak, nor tannins. It’s clean and very respectable though I don’t think I would take the risk of ageing it for that much longer. It’s probably the best English red I have tasted.

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By |May 3rd, 2014|Wine Review|Comments Off on Jancis Robinson …the best English red I have tasted.