To mark their 25th Anniversary, Ridgeview have launched their first new wine in a decade – Ridgeview Oak Reserve NV. Produced to celebrate Ridgeview’s part in the historical rise of the English sparkling wine industry, the Oak Reserve has an innovative new label design and packaging, highlighting that Ridgeview continues to be a pioneering force in English sparkling wine.
The Ridgeview Oak Reserve was created as a one-off by Ridgeview Director of Winemaking Simon Roberts, inspired by some of his favourite wines from around the world and his love of subtly oaked sparkling wines. “With careful use of oak-aged Chardonnay, we have created a Ridgeview barrel fermented sparkling wine. Some of the very best Chardonnay grapes were selected from our home vineyard in Ditchling, planted in 1995. I have always loved what delicate oak can bring to Chardonnay and this project has allowed me to explore the additional creaminess from the oak, in harmony with our normal fresh fruit style. We have made an unique batch of 2,600 bottles which I think is one of the most exciting wines that we have released.”
The style whilst fitting in with Ridgeview’s core range of labels has a distinct pared-back modern appeal. The bespoke labels designed in consultation with Brighton-based drinks designers Cookchick, have an innovative design based on the texture of wood barrels. The brief highlighted the fact that oaked wines can sometimes split consumer opinion, therefore the oak label design gives no illusion to the contents of the wine. The labels are printed on Fasson Natural Cherry Wood paper, making not only the contents amazing but a beautiful tactile experience to each bottle. Specialist label printers Reflex printed the project which was unlike any label that they had printed before, pushing technological boundaries.
Each bottle has been carefully hand-labelled, with the first release limited to just 1000 bottles. At £75 RRP the wine is aimed at the lover of boutique small batch English sparkling wines.
Ridgeview Oak Reserve will be available to purchase online direct from www.ridgeview.co.uk from today, 5th October, and with a handful of selected speciality resellers.