SUGRUE South Downs #ZODO MV

£59.00

CEPAGE: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot noir

VINEYARDS: 80% Mount Harry Vineyard, Lewes, East Sussex; 20% Storrington Priory Vineyard, Storrington, West Sussex. Both vineyards were planted in May 2006.

SOIL TYPE: Storrington Priory Vineyard – Greensand, 50m above sea level; Mount Harry Vineyard – Clay loam over pure chalk, no flints, 70m above sea level

YIELD: approx. 4,800 kg/ha (2014 vintage). Only 1,700 bottles produced.

VINIFICATION: Pressed in a traditional Coquard champagne basket press.
50% fermented in 500 L old Burgundy puncheons, without malolactic fermentation, 50% fermented in stainless steel, with malolactic fermentation.

ANALYSIS: Dosage 0g/L

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SUGRUE South Downs #ZODO MV

 

Following on from our earlier 100-bottle prototype, Sugrue has released this zero dosage sparkling wine.

An innovative wine, officially multi-vintage, grapes mostly from 2014.

 

“I tasted two bottlings of the MV Zero Dosage (The Trouble With Dreams) ZODO. The first was a March 2020 prototype disgorgement that Dermot Sugrue expressed dissatisfaction with, though I thought it was pretty good.

The second, tasted in January 2021, had just been disgorged and was admittedly even better. It is based on the 2014 vintage and contains reserve wine from 2009 and 2011, so Dermot classes it as a multi-vintage blend with zero dosage.

Due for release in spring 2021, this is just a killer English sparkling wine that is one of the most Champagne-like in style. It has a very intense, delineated bouquet of Granny Smith apple, crushed stone and sea cave aromas. The palate is exquisitely balanced with fine weight and density, yet paradoxically seems nimble and light on its feet. Razor-sharp acidity and just a light twist of sour lemon on the finish. This is outstanding.”

Neal Martin 94 pts Drinking Window: 2021 – 2036 www.vinous.com Tasted: April 2021

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