Decanter World Wine Awards

Ridgeview's Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2007 has won a Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine.

The article on the Decanter website reads as follows :

Some 30 years, Mike Roberts, head of multi-award winning RidgeView Estate, was taking the day off from his then-job as the financial director of an international public company and found himself at the Melbourne Cup.

Thinking he ought to enter into the spirit of the day
and place a bet, he looked in a local paper and saw a horse called “Champagne Boy” and put $5 on the 35/1 outsider which duly came in first. Mike often wonders if this was an omen of things to come!

Created in 1995, RidgeView Estate is without doubt the UK’s most consistent quality sparkling wine producer. Whilst (a very few) others may challenge it for winning medals and awards for their sparkling wines, none can match the Robert’s output for variety and consistency, year after year.

This is demonstrated by winning, for the second year in a row, the UK Trophy with their Chardonnay-based Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs. Whereas in 2001, it was the 2006 vintage which won the trophy – and went on to win the trophy for best sparkling wine from any country – this year it is the 2007 vintage that triumphed.

Mike Roberts says: “What we set out to create with the Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs is a wine that reflects the uniqueness of our site – perhaps what others might call the terroir.

The Chardonnay we grow at RidgeView produces a wine with a backbone of acidity with an undertone of minerality and a touch of tropical fruit.”

Although their supply base now stretches across several hundred miles of the counties on Kent, East and West Sussex and Hampshire, the 2007 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs comes from the Chardonnay vines, now 16 years old, which surround the winery. This patch of vines, with its roots now digging into the chalk below, were also responsible for producing last year’s winner, the 2006 vintage of the same wine.

The 2007 Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs has a superb, lingering, mouth-watering acidity, backed up by considerable fruit on the middle palate and very good length and, if anything, is slightly longer and fuller than the 2006. In terms of sheer enjoyment, its one of the best sparkling wines I have ever tasted.

See the article on the Decanter website here

Ridgeview, 13/9/11 13:40

"Would I admit to my French friends (who make such glorious wine) how often I drink English these days? Yes. Proudly."

Hugh Johnson

" Here’s one of England’s finest fizzes, with lovely freshness, lemony acidity and a bit of toasty richness. Quite complex and brilliantly balanced, this would convert any sceptic."

Jamie Goode

"… Today’s king of fizz is Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate."

Anthony Rose

"England's vinous glory: fizz made in the image of champagne.  Alluring and zesty - a sort of rustic Bollinger."

Jancis Robinson

"If the Champenois get to taste this ...They will be booking their seats on the Eurostar."

Tim Atkin

"Thank you for a wonderful visit and a sensational tasting. I greatly enjoyed visiting Ridgeview and tasting your delicious wines.  Many congratulations for your great work."

Gerard Basset