Exton Park was first planted in 2003 on the South Downs – Hampshire’s National Park – overlooking Exton village. At first, just 12 acres were planted with the classic Champagne varieties, using different rootstocks to assess how they influenced the viticulture and final fruit. In 2009, shortly after the second site was planted, the vineyard was bought by Malcolm Isaac who had recently sold his successful company. He understood the land – and the terroir. Two years later, he was ready to make his own wine, with the ambition to produce the best sparkling wine in the country. He invested in a new winery. He also contracted Corinne Seely as his winemaker. The latest addition to the property is a unique and eco-friendly cool cellar room, with solar panels providing the power for the temperature control – all part of Malcolm Isaac’s commitment to the environment. And to the very best.
The wine displays its delicate pink colour like roses in a garden when the new buds are blossoming. After an open and enticing nose of strawberry liquorice, the wine reveals rich fruit characters in the mouth, including white peach and the rich plum flavours of the Pinot Noir. This well balanced Rose is the perfect example of the complexity of the Exton Park vineyard.
An ideal aperitif or ‘celebration’ drink, but also good with chicken, shellfish or light meats – as well as classic strawberry desserts.
Silver Medal at the International Wine Challenge 2016