Jarrow House Cuvée Brut 2017
The Corky Verdict
Amy – This sparkling wine is filled with fresh, zesty citrus fruit flavours. It’s surprising how complex this is for an English wine. I was very impressed and found this could be enjoyed as a aperitif or with most starters, in particular I would love to pair this with a big platter of fruits de mer.
Sam – This Essex sparkling wine has been made using the traditional method often used in Champagne. This is a complex and delicious wine. Toasty yeast character on the nose from spending time on the lees, floral and citrus flavours on the palate and a lingering finish. This is an extremely rare, limited release wine from a small local producer and showcases beautifully the quality of English winemaking in our county.
- Pairs with: CheeseCharcuterieAsian Food
- Year: 2017
- Category: Medium Bodied
- Location: Ardleigh, Essex, England
- Type: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
- Percentage: 12.5% ABV
Jarrow is a town in the North East of England, which had a thriving Ship Building industry before the great depression. The shipyard workers, along with coal miners and others became unemployed during this era of the 30’s. With no welfare state, these men and their families were in a truly perilous situation, facing starvation. To highlight their plight these workers made a walk from Jarrow to London to make people and the government aware of their poverty. This crusade was named in history as the Jarrow March.
To help these families, the Land Settlement Association was formed, and land was bought to create small holdings for them to settle and make a living through horticulture.
Robert Auld (the vineyard owner) was one of the last beneficiaries of the scheme in 1983, before the land was sold off. After years of producing speciality lettuce for the prepared salad market Robert decided to diversify. Jarrow House Vineyard was established in 2011, in honour of the marching men and his grandfather who was also a shipbuilder from the North East.
The vineyard is planted with the classic Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. These varieties are perfectly suited to the deep free draining soils on the smallholding and produce a fine English sparkling wine, which has a depth of character matched only by the men marching from Jarrow to protect their families all those years ago.