Exton Park Vineyard

Archives: August 2016

SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS

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It’s been a busy summer for us all at Exton Park, making sure plenty of people try our wines. And in the right places.

After the triumph of the 2016 international wine competitions 2016, where not one but TWO of our wines were awarded Gold medals – no mean feat in our first year – we moved on to the International Cool Climate Wines Symposium in Brighton at the end of May.

Winemaker Corinne Seely proudly showed her Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2011 – a Gold winner in the Decanter World Wine Awards – at as highly unusual evening for delegates at Brighton’s Sea Liife Aquarium. It was rumoured that sushi would be on the menu, but this was dropped – out of respect for the inhabitants, we assume……

Corinne at Sea life Centre, Brighton [2107477]

Picture shows:  Corinne Seely at Brighton’s Sea Life Centre

 

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A fishy moment for Exton Park’s Blanc de Blanc 2011

And while on marine subjects, nearer to home the very first Exton Park Rose NV magnums were the star prizes at the June Countryside Alliance Lobster Shoot at Bereleigh Estate, just up the road at East Meon. No, not shooting at crustaceans – but having them for supper after over seventy teams from all over Hampshire competed in a clay pigeon shoot. Naturally, the winners were ‘in the pink’…..  and over £40,000 was raised for the charity.

Rose was also in everyone’s glasses at the Fashion Show at The Grange, Northington organised by Rosie Wild of Moda Rosa, Alresford.  Exton Park was one of the key sponsors, and the event – attended by BBC News presenter Sally Taylor, actress Sarah Parrish and ITV News’ Alistair Stewart – raised an incredible £35,000 for the Wessex  Haven Breast Cancer charity.  Even Fred Langdale put on a suit for the occasion…

Fred at Moda Rosa [2107479]

Picture shows:  Fred Langdale pours a refreshing glass of Exton Park Rose for the show’s  organiser Rosie Wild.

From the first ever English Wine Fair on the banks of the River Thames at Phyllis Court, Henley to the ever-popular Butler’s Cellars Spring Festival on Hove Lawns, Brighton, Exton Park wines have been well to the fore.

Especially so, when Corinne joined forces with Patrick, chef/proprietor of our local pub in Exton The Shoe Inn, to present an evening of Hampshire food and wine, as part of the Hampshire Wine Festival. Using ingredients from Lymington crab and Hampshire Pantry ravioli to South Downs lamb, South Coast sea bass and locally grown garden raspberries, each dish was matched perfectly with one of the Exton Park wines including our Brut, Rose and Blanc de Noir NV and the limited quantity Blanc de Blancs 2011 and Rose 2011.

And this summer in London, Exton Park wines have played a major role on a number of occasions. From being served at the Official Receptions following Sounding Retreat by The Rifles regiment on Horse Guards (nice local connection as The Rifles’ HQ is in Winchester) ….. to being the star of the Academy of Chocolate Awards (yes, there really IS such an organisation!) which was the first party to be held at the newly opened Athenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly.

At the end of June we went sky high, showing our Blanc de Noirs and Rose NV at a rooftop reception at the Trafalgar Hotel overlooking Trafalgar Square to welcome a very special group of American visitors to England.  They had flown over on a British Airways private jet for a ‘Best of British’ weekend, which included a private concert by Jamie Cullum at the Abbey Road Studios, Centre Court tickets at Wimbledon…and Exton Park wines of course.  The Rose was also served to the group as they sped down the Thames on a river cruiser en route to Tower Bridge and a farewell Brunch on one of the walkways, high above the river. What a send off!

Shortly after this, Exton Park was one of just fifteen English wineries invited to take part in a special English Sparkling Wine day at the latest private members club 67 Pall Mall.  As well as a Masterclass in the morning, given by Justin Howard Sneyd MW, there was a sommeliers’ tasting that afternoon followed by a members’ evening, attended by almost 100 ticket holders.  A tiring day – but one that brought our wines to a whole new audience.

All in all, it’s been a sizzling summer for us.  Now look out for Exton Park next month at the Oxford Wine Festival at the Oxford Union (September 9th & 10th) and the Hiscox Lloyds of London tasting  and talk (September 27th)

 

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