Harvest arrives early

The late Indian Summer has given us the perfect weather for harvest. Ridgeview founder and winemaker Mike Roberts provides his thoughts for the vintage 2011 :

"Spring was early this year which bought forward bud burst. The Chardonnay benefitted from an early start, however the Pinots had a later budburst therefore more difficulties with rain at the end of flowering.  The result of a disturbed flowering period was a natural green harvest with somewhat reduced yields but this has concentrated the flavours.

Our first grapes were ready for pressing on September 24th, around 7 days ahead of normal. The crop is looking incredibly clean with smaller berries than usual which have really intense flavours and are tasting beautiful. The resulting yields will be lower per acre which is not so much of an issue for Ridgeview as new plantings will assist in making up for differences.

The quality of 2011 will be of extremely high, wines to watch out for when they hit the market in a few years time – a vintage sure to be treasured".

Simon Larder, 24/5/11 10:37

"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