TWO GOLDS FOR FENNY CASTLE IN THE IEWA 2019
We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that we’ve been awarded two gold medals in the 2019 Independent English Wine Awards (IEWAs), the prestigious annual English wine competition held at The Rummer Hotel in Bristol on 23rd March. Gold medals were awarded for our Sparkling Blanc de Noir and Classic Ortega.
The competition saw 132 English and Welsh wines blind tasted by a panel of 25 high-calibre judges, from winemakers to sommeliers and buyers, chaired by Bristol-based Master of Wine Liam Stevenson.
Considering the fierce competition and calibre of judges involved in the IEWA, we are chuffed that our wines were so well received. The judges’ praise is a real testament to the passion of our small team and winemaker James Cumming for producing exceptional quality still and sparkling wines from our vineyard in Somerset.
“We are really delighted with the two Gold medals. At Fenny Castle we craft vibrant, fruit-driven wines with complexity and weight with a distinctive sense of place” Our winemaker James comments. “It is such an exciting time to be part of the rapidly evolving English wine industry that is gaining recognition and respect worldwide.”
Extremely limited, with only 500 bottles produced each year, our sparkling Blanc de Noir is produced from carefully selected Pinot Noir from our sunniest parcel of land, aged for over two years on the lees. The wine is gold in colour with a delicate mousse and a rich nose of lightly baked brioche, lemon and crisp green apple and a complex, fruit-driven palate.
Our Classic Ortega is a delightfully rich and aromatic white wine, with a nose of ripe peach and apricot and a hint of tropical melon. Its refreshing acidity makes it perfect enjoyed on its own or with grilled fish or seafood pasta.
Fenny Castle Ortega was described by the judges as having a “lovely rich nose of honeysuckle and tangerine with vanilla, honey and herbaceous notes on the well structured palate. Very long finish.”
Both wines are available to purchase from our from our online shop or from our cellar door shop at the vineyard, which is open daily (it is advised to call 01749 678900 ahead to ensure that a member of our team is there to greet you). The wines are also sold at Wells Market every Saturday.
Article in Vineyard Magazine! February 2019
Very excited to be featured in the February issue of Vineyard Magazine, the brilliant monthly magazine for the UK’s viticulturists. See below for the ‘In Conversation’ article as James talks about being the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager here at Fenny Castle Vineyard. A big thanks to Victoria Rose of Vineyard Mag!
Somerset Food Trail Events - July 2018.
We're delighted to be involved with the Somerset Food Trail (Friday 20th-Sunday 29th July) this year, run by Taste the Landscape. Aiming to showcase the best of Somerset's food and drink producers, focusing on small businesses and initiatives, this ten-day trail allows anyone to attend open days and talks at a whole host of interesting farms, gardens, vineyard and restaurants.
We're putting on two free Somerset Food Trail tours on Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th July, with a tutored tasting and cream tea as optional extras. Tickets to be booked through the Shop for Wine and Tours.
Here are some photos from the first tour on Sunday 22nd:
Fenny Castle Sparkling Reception at Wells Cathedral
We were honoured to serve our Blanc de Noir as a sparkling reception for a recent event with the Hong Kong Museum Society in the Chapter House at Wells Cathedral. Photos with kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Wells.