Albury Organic Vineyard - 2018
Albury Organic Vineyard, headed up by Nick Wenman is situated on the southern slopes of the North Downs near Guildford in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Biodynamic techniques are used to enhance the quality of fruit, and we’re delighted to be able to offer this vintage of rosé which is only produced in tiny quantity (the first vintage was snapped up by the Queen to have on the Royal Barge for the Jubilee Celebrations!). ‘Silent Pool’ is a lake of crystal clear water adjacent to the vineyard. according to local legend a beautiful young maiden drowned here, escaping the clutches of King John, and now haunts the Silent Pool!
Recommended in The Guardian, ‘For fans of Provence rosé, but made in Surrey – pale pink, delicately fruity.’ Fiona Beckett, June 2019 (2018 vintage)
Recommended by Matthew Jukes in Vineyard Magazine, ‘I have been waiting for this wine for a very long time. This wine is alone in delivering not only a stunningly appointed nose and palate, but it also has the X-Factor. Silent Pool Rosé has layers of minerality, grip and texture plus what I call ‘anti-fruit’ elements, which add immeasurably to the complexity on the palate while at the same time doing a perfect job of highlighting the unquestionable calibre of the biodynamic Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier used here. When you add to this heavenly liquid a bottle, screwcap and label redesign which must be one of the most impressive packaging transformations I have ever seen, this is a wine which is operating at the very highest levels of world rosé production. Oh, did I mention it is a tiptoe light 10.5% alcohol. It is near-perfect in every respect apart from the limited 4000 bottle production.’ May 2018 (2017 vintage)
16/20 – JancisRobinson.com, ‘Light wild-salmon pink. Very delicate on the nose. Bone, bone dry, just the right side of painfully dry, and pithy. Grapefruit. A little chalky, crushed shells, finely sketched – almost brittle it’s so fine, and yet there is a mid-palate reverberation of tightly strung acidity that gives this barely-there wine quite extraordinary length. To go with the most delicate of foods – be very careful not to drown this rather lovely whisper out‘ Tamlyn Currin, June 2018 (2017 vintage)
Recommended in GQ Magazine, ‘Albury’s Silent Pool is a rosé of unquestioned calibre. A delicate blend of pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes grown in the Surrey Hills, this delightfully dry wine is a true English all star.‘ Millicia West, April 2019