Ridgeview Knightsbridge Blanc de Noirs 2010
Ridgeview Estate is a family business with a 6.5 hectare vineyard on the South Downs. Ridgeview was founded in 1994 by Mike and Chris Roberts and is dedicated to creating world class sparkling wines in the South Downs of England. Their vineyards specialise in growing classic grape varieties to make the highest quality bottle fermented sparkling wines. The world class status of their wines is reflected by the number of national & international medals and trophies received since the release of the first wines from the 1996 vintage. The second generation of the family have now become established in key roles within Ridgeview, enabling the continued expansion of the business. The dedication, passion and determination of the team at Ridgeview have significantly contributed to the international reputation and popularity now attributed to English Sparkling Wine. Ridgeview’s trade mark MERRET™ is in honour of Englishman Christopher Merret. In 1662 he presented a paper to the Royal Society in London which documented the process of making traditional method sparkling wines. This was 30 years before the technique was documented in champagne. To celebrate Merret’s achievements Ridgeview has kept a London connection when naming their wines. Knightsbridge is a traditional Blanc de Noirs with only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in the blend. A lovely deep golden colour with a persistent fine stream of bubbles. Expressive red fruit aromas followed by a rich complex palate that is balanced by a mouth-watering freshness. The finish is long lasting and beautifully balanced. Being from only red grapes makes it a very distinctive wine. Fulsome flavours and excellent body mean that it can be served with the likes of Thai cuisine, roast pork or even foie gras. For the sweets try Knightsbridge alongside a good cheescake or a plateful of ripe strawberries. Also perfect to be savoured on its own.