|Leventhorpe launches Yorkshire's first sparkling rosé|
|Written by Carol Emmas|
|Wednesday, 19 December 2012 11:04|
The Leventhorpe vineyard near Leeds has launched Yorkshire's first sparkling rosé wine in time for Christmas and end-of-year celebrations.
Leventhorpe Salmon Blush 2010 (rrp £20–£25) was recently launched from the vineyard and released to selected local stockists. The wine is the latest addition to the vineyard's range of still and sparkling white wines, some of which have gained a number of competition awards over the years. It also marks the 10th anniversary since the vineyard's first sparkling white wine was introduced.
The wine is produced from Seyval Blanc, with the addition of red Triomphe and Pinot Noir to the fermentation. All the grapes were grown on Leventhorpe's 2ha vineyard, located within the boundaries of the city of Leeds.
George Bowden, owner and winemaker at Leventhorpe Vineyard, said: "The launch of our latest wine comes at a timely end to a successful year for us all in the UK, and we can think of no better way to celebrate this year than with a lovely pink sparkling wine. There's nothing like a lovely, delicate pink hue in a fizz to lift the spirits, and our sparkling pink will go wonderfully well with Christmas goodies, such as smoked salmon."
Bowden added that despite the northerly aspect of the vineyard, it has "coped well" in the 2012 vintage that saw other vineyards with mores southerly aspects struggle.
"I've been doing this job for 30 years and the vineyard location has been a friend through all seasons. I use Seyval Blanc in the blend, which lends itself well to the English climate. There are too many producers currently hung up on wanting Champagne varieties. The north of England can produce good wines, if you use the right varieties."