Hampshire-based wine producer, Raimes, will be showing its English Sparkling Classic 2014 at the fourth annual Vineyards of Hampshire Trade & Press tasting on Wednesday 13 February.
Raimes English Sparkling Classic 2014 was awarded one of only two gold medals in the sparkling category (outside France) in the first tranche of the 2019 International Wine Challenge (IWC). Ridgeview was the only other English wine producer to win a gold with its Blanc de Blancs 2014. With an impressive score of 95, Raimes Classic will now progress to the trophy round of the competition in May 2019.
“England and France were the only gold medal winners among sparkling wines,” comments Charles Metcalfe, co-chair IWC. “That is amazing and shows the astonishing improvements English producers have achieved over the past few years, battling head-to-head with Champagne.”
IWC judges described Raimes Classic 2014, which is produced in the traditional method from classic grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier as ‘an extremely elegant wine, with a vibrating, fresh core, lemon verbena, Asian pear, chalky minerality, amazing drive and energy throughout the very long finish’.
“To win any medal is a great achievement,” says IWC co-chair, Jamie Goode. “It takes a lot to get a silver and the golds are rare.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to win a gold medal for our Classic,” says Augusta Raimes, owner of Raimes. “We are still fairly new kids on the block which makes this achievement even more special.”
Augusta is excited about what the future holds for Raimes and reveals that following last year’s dream harvest, they will also be producing a Blanc de Blancs and a Rosé from the 2018 vintage to join their Classic and Blanc de Noirs which are made by award-winning winemaker, Emma Rice at Hattingley Valley. “Last year’s incredible summer provided a bumper harvest of exceptional quality and we are very excited to be adding these new wines to the Raimes range,” says Augusta.
She continued by talking up the potential of tourism in the vineyard: “wine tourism is developing here in the UK and we recognise the importance of making our vineyard and wine accessible to the public. Here at Raimes, we are very hands-on and like to get close to our consumers. Robert and I offer a very personal experience, hosting small groups in our trusty Land Rover for vineyard tours throughout the summer months. We also welcome groups of family, friends, work colleagues and even hen parties for tastings all year round and host an annual Cellar Door Day. We enjoy strolling through the vineyard, sharing our family’s enthusiasm and passion for the wine, the vineyard and the farm itself. It’s a fantastic way to discover the joy of English sparkling wine.”