Sharpham News – Autumn 2017

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Sharpham News – Autumn 2017
Latest news from Sharpham Wine & Cheese
A look back at 2017 at Sharpham.

As 2017 draws to an end, we’re celebrating another successful year at Sharpham. Our Cheeses have scooped up numerous awards and demand is higher than ever. What started out as an uncertain 2017 Vintage in the vineyard everything came together and ended with good fruit and even some potential new wines? The winery is currently running on all cylinders and juice is fermenting in every tank. It was also a great year to visit Sharpham with our new Chef cooking up a storm in our Pop Up Kitchen and our tours being booked out every week.

First a look at the Cheeses and a run down from our Head Cheesemaker.

“Every cheese mould in the dairy has been called upon and bought out of storage! Having all been washed, scrubbed and sanitised they’re ready to go and there’s a particular demand for our new Taste of the West Supreme Champion Sharpham Cremet! We know it’s early but there is a particular mid-winter festival that will fast approach and it’s time to step up a gear in the dairy. With our Christmas Hampers having just been released featuring some of our timeless cheeses as well as the newly crowned ‘Supreme Champion’, we’re expecting a big rush. For anyone wanting to stock up for the festivities we’d advise you to check online quick as cheeses sell on a first come first served basis!”

Another great year for the wines and some potential new additions to the range?

2017 wasn’t all spring frost and summer rain here in the vineyard. We got off lightly in late April when severe frosts settled in northern Europe and although certain blocks were hit, our unique little microclimate came in and saved the day. We were then met with a pretty outstanding May and June and second shoots were aplenty making up for the loss caused by the frost. Cue August and September and the classic English summer rain! With a bit of downy mildew and some grey rot we were robbed of what was panning out to be a classic vintage, that’s by no mean to say it wasn’t a success. The harvest exceeded expectations in terms of yield and quality but where we could’ve done with that final sunny push to perfectly ripen all of our fruit we were just let down by our unpredictable island weather.

2017 in the winery is all go with everything now in.

As we type our last load of grapes have just arrived, it’s Chardonnay and it could well be the last load of the 2017 harvest out of any producer in the UK? For the first year we received our Pinot Gris so Head Winemaker is currently making the decision as to what to do with it…could we see Sharpham’s first ever Pinot Gris wine? We’ve also just decided on this year’s New Release blend: Sharpham’s answer to Beaujolais Nouveau but in the style of a vibrant and fresh fruit focused white wine. This will be released on Thursday 16th November and free tasting will be available at our cellar door. This wine doesn’t usually last long so be sure to get your orders in soon.

In competition.

Our wines also played well in competition with our Barrel Fermented 2014 scooping ‘Champion’ in the Taste Of The West ‘Wine, Spirit, Liquor’ category. We also won ‘Best White’ and ‘Best Rose’ in the South West Vineyard Association’s awards for our Dart Valley Reserve 2016 and Whole Berry Rose 2016.

Thinking of visiting Sharpham?

With the tours having finished for the season we’re pleased to report our busiest year yet. For those who took part we’re as happy as always in giving you an insight into the thriving English Wine industry and of course into life here at Sharpham. For anyone who hasn’t yet joined us for the experience, we’ll be back next year with new and improved tour packages so watch this space.

Hampers are available online alongside the full selection of our Wine and Cheese so check out our website for more information.

Sharpham Partnership Ltd
Sharpham Estate, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7UT
Telephone: 01803 732203
www.sharpham.com
 
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