Then a leisurely walk back to the coop in Chicken World.
Which is best for Valentine’s Day? Sparkling Orion with its silver gilt colour and pear flavour livened with a delicate mousse. Perhaps still rosé Royal Richard with its light colour resembling the morganite gemstone, and a taste explosion at first sip? Or, mellow Solaris with golden colour and slow release of flavour?
In the spirit of romance we extent the promotional prices until the 16th February. Sparkling Orion £20, Royal Richard £8.49 and Solaris £8.00
Our wines can be bought from local shops – see buy – and we can deliver to Rothley and local villages.
The grapes in the photo went to Halfpenny Green for vinification and making into English Sparkling wine using the traditional method. A preliminary tasting of this, our first, pink sparkling wine was a great occasion. The brut taste exceeded our expectations, and the delicate mousse tickled the tongue. Made from Orion and Regent grapes, we have high hopes for its success. The Halfpenny Green winemaking team are really pleased and we discussed which competitions to enter it for.
The long awaited Rothly Rosé wine has been labelled and is on sale at North’s delicatessen by the steam line railway station in Rothley. This time we used a local firm, Flexpress of Birstall, to design the label and the boar and coronet were drawn especially.
Award winning off licence “The Offie” is selling the Rothley wine Solaris.
The Offie, 142 Clarendon Park Road, Leicester. LE2 3AE Tel: 0116 2701553
Visit this Aladdin’s cave of artisan and speciality beverages to see Solaris, which is especially nice with turkey!
Last box of this small production run was taken to David North’s shop on 18th November. Sorry for any disappointment. The good news is that we have 100 litres from this year’s harvest fermenting away quietly in the winery.
Our helper elves arrived again to help with bottling the rose, a blended wine of Siegerrebe for elegance and aroma, Solaris for body, and Rondo for a rich fruit flavour. An efficient bottling line was soon established, and 175 bottles of Royal Richard are awaiting labelling following laboratory analysis and label approval from the FSA Wine Standards officer.
The rose wine is named after Richard III who almost certainly passed through Rothley on his way from Nottingham Castle to Leicester, then onto the fateful day at Bosworth.
We took two harvests in September, with much merriment when the grapes were trodden in the traditional manner. The harvest on 18th October was a colder day and the Orion and Regent departed to Halfpenny Green Vineyard to be made into a pink sparkling wine called “Spirit of Freedom” in honour of the abolition of the slave trade (see history section).
Believe it or not, the volunteers are keen to harvest again next year!
See this You Tube link https://www.youtube.com/embed/wSuH9u0kvhU?rel=0 for an eccentric bottle opener- apparently invented by a Cornishman.
Ben Jackson from Radio Leicester came to Kingfishers’ Pool Vineyard in Rothley and was impressed with his taste of English wine. Click her for the 12 minute broadcast http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p025z84b Ben thought the vineyard and winery courtyard look very French. What do you think?
We are happy to report that our bottling party went according to plan.
After the science part was completed and everything had been sterilised, our helper elves formed a production line and all that could be heard were the happy sounds of bottling another potentially award winning wine.
The day was rounded off with a glass of wine (freshly bottled) and hand crafted delicacies courtesy of Dominic (see the aftermath in the main photograph above).
Many thank you’s to all involved.
Winning a SILVER MEDAL at the recent UKVA competition exceeded our expections, as this was the first time our wine had entered a national competition. When we scrutinised the results and realised that our Sparkling Orion was one of only three white sparkling wines from the 2012 vintage to win a medal we were over the moon! 2012 has been a washout summer and we were only one of two Leicestershire vineyards to harvest a crop. This vindicates our choice of the Orion grape, which is very suitable for the Leicestershire terroir as well as producing a delicious wine.
When the wine arrived from Halfpenny Green Vineyard, specialists in sparkling wine production, we popped a bottle in an ice bucket then sipped it outside, appreciating this crisp, refreshing wine which is so ideal for hot summer evenings.
We (Matthew and Liz) are very happy to welcome you to Rothley Wine Ltd’s website. Please check back often as we shall be giving regular updates as to the progress of our grapes, vines and award winning wines in the following months and years to come. We hope we find you well and are excited about wine as we are. Until next time, Liz.