This is a complex Saignée Rosé, capturing red berries and spice from the predominantly Pinot Noir base, lifted by a hint of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
It has bready notes initially on the nose, with light flavours of raspberry and redcurrant on the palate leading to a zesty lift of pink grapefruit and a long, refreshing finish.
Runner up in the Sparkling Winemaker of the Year competition at the prestigious Sommelier Wine Awards (only beaten by Taittinger!), Fox & Fox are a husband and wife boutique wine making team close to the ancient village of Mayfield in East Sussex, at the heart of the exploding English Sparkling Wine's most famous region.
Single vineyard: Hobdens Vineyards LLP
Time on lees: 30 months minimum
Clones: Primarily Dijon/Burgundy clones selected for flavour. Some Champagne clones for structure.
Soil: Clay over sandstone with ironstone shale beds
Aspect: Almost due south | Slope: 5%
Microclimate: Sheltered, especially from westerly weather systems by the bulk of Crowborough Hill (highest point in East Sussex)
Elevation: Centre: 74.66 m | Range: 73.02m to 76.14