Wickham Vineyard – Rises from the Flames!
I expect some of you have been following the story of Wickham Vineyard and how it fell into administration in December 2012. Wickham Vineyard has always been one of the better known English vineyards and certainly the best known local vineyards to Fareham Wine Cellar. The good news is that a small group of investors, led by former manager Wilhelm Mead, have bought Wickham Vineyard out of administration and have resurrected the business as Wickham Wine Estates. The other key staff are Jonathan Rogers, former estate manager responsible for sales and marketing, Julien Miren who is in charge of production and Paulo Silva in charge of IT.
I quite often get asked for Wickham Vineyard Wines but we have never really managed to come to an agreement with the vineyard on a fair price for selling them. However, we hope this is all about to change. Jonathan has bought us some samples, see below, and we hope to be able to try them in the next couple of days. Under the terms of the buyout Wickham Wine Estates Ltd will lease the vines, land and buildings from previous owner Nitin Parekh. They have also secured the wine stocks without which this would have been a non-viable project and have re-opened the restaurant.
I am looking forward to trying the samples and hope we will find some (if not all) that we want to stock. It has been a long time since I have tried their wines, probably about 20 years!
Wickham Vineyard Samples
The samples are, L-R,
Row Ash White 2010 – made from Seyval Blanc
Fumé 2011 – a blend of Bacchus and Reichensteiner, aged approximately 6 months in oak
Row Ash Rosé – made from Triomphe d’Alsace
Row Ash Red – made from Triomphe d’Alsace
Special Reserve 2009 – A blend of 80% Rondo and 20% Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir 2010 – limited quantities made only in very good vintages