Founded in 1989, Greyfriars vineyard expanded in 2011 by planting 50 more acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Since then, they have been using the “traditional method” to make their sparkling wines. This method incorporates secondary fermentation followed by bottle ageing. Their bottles are aged for at least three years in their natural chalk underground cellar before Greyfriars makes them available to the public. Their Oaked Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling testament to this process.
Limited to only 8,000 bottles, Greyfriars 2014 Blanc de Blancs – Oaked Brut is made with 100% Chardonnay grapes that come from a mix of 25-year-old vines and Greyfriars 2011 planting. The grapes in this delicious sparkling wine were handpicked and whole bunch pressed. This Brut was fermented in French oak barrels for six months to give it that rich complexity and texture. Bottled in 2015, it was then aged to perfection, sitting in Greyfriars cellars for an additional two years. In the glass this wine is fizzy and light, while fragrant on the nose, with aromas of citrus. The taste is vibrant and light with crisp flavor and subtle hints of vanilla.