Sedlescombe Corymbus Red
Sedlescombe Corymbus Red is deep purple, almost black with a violet edge. There is a young nose of green pepper and roasted coffee; fresh black fruit flavours reminiscent of blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberries and even black olives. The wine is medium to full-bodied, exquisitely balanced with a trace of smokey oak character and a dash of velvet tannin.
The grower says, “this Rondo, Regent and Dornfelder blend is certainly the top of our reds! We have made some exceptional ones over the years, including the first English red to win an International award.” This 2014 vintage is a hot climate style of red delivered in our cool northerly climate.
These exceptionally adaptable varieties were bred in Germany. Chambourcin was one of the ‘parents’ of Regent and Amurensis, a variety found on the Sino-Russian border, as one of the parents of Rondo. They are both resistant to mildew disease and require only 3 sprayings instead of the usual 8. Regent is now the most widely planted red variety in Germany. In England it requires a good south facing slope as found at Sedlescombe, in their Millennium Vineyard that was planted with Regent in 2000.
They select and hand pick only the best bunches for this red. Then they de-stalk, crush and ferment ‘on-the-pulp’ for 10 days. The wine then undergoes a malo-lactic fermentation. This is to convert the harsh malic acid to the softer lactic acid before infusion with oak for 5 months.
Sedlescombe Corymbus Red, English Quality Wine, East Sussex, England
Matches: a great red to go with those luxuriant weightier dishes, including medium cheeses and even dark chocolate.
Established in 1979, Sedlescombe is England’s oldest organic vineyard. In 2010 this family run winery launched the first bio-dynamic English wine. Nowadays these natural methods also include use of wild, natural yeasts for more unique and complex wines that reflect the singular terroir. The complexity of the wines and the care for the environment has won Sedlescombe a number of awards along the way.
The Sedlescombe vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic. Their bio-dynamic and organic standards are to ensure that there is no use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers. They prohibit genetically modified ingredients and help to promote wildlife conservation. All in all, the soil is not damaged and is in fact enhanced.