Date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 10:00

Renowned for both its ongoing innovation and support of all things local, the Eden Project has joined forces with neighbouring, award-winning Cornish winery Knightor to create their first sparkling wine.

Eden Brut, a stunning and immensely drinkable non-vintage sparkling wine, has been lovingly crafted from vine to wine by winemaker James Thomas at Knightor, near St Austell Bay.

Commenting on behalf of the Eden Project about this joint initiative, Andrew Holden, Procurement Director, says: “We’ve had a lot of demand for our own brand English sparkling wine for quite some time.  As we’re positioned just a few miles away from Knightor it made absolute sense to work with them to create our very own Eden Brut.”  Andrew continues: “We’re delighted with the results.  It’s only just gone on to our shelves and into our online shop and is already proving to be very popular.” Knightor has also helped plant and prune vines growing in the Eden Project’s Biomes. 

On providing the wine for Eden Brut, proprietor of Knightor, Adrian Derx, says: “The Eden Project and our philosophy are very similar.  Like Eden, here at Knightor we are committed to reducing our environmental impact, operating sustainably and supporting other local Cornish businesses.” 

Solar voltaic panels and the sourcing of produce for the restaurant from local suppliers are examples of Knightor’s responsible approach to minimizing their impact on the environment and supporting the Cornish economy.  The labels for the Eden Brut were printed and hand embossed at Nationwide Print, based a few miles away in Holmbush.   

English wines continue to grow in their popularity with sparkling wines at the forefront of this.  Over 50% of wines produced here in England are sparkling (source: vine growers yearbook) and demand is still outstripping supply. 

The wine’s fruity flavour emanates from Seyval Blanc, Reichensteiner, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes.  These were handpicked from Knightor’s two vineyards situated on the South coast of Cornwall at Portscatho in the Roseland and Seaton near Looe as well as other English vineyards.
 
After picking, the grapes were gently whole bunch pressed and fermented in small batches in Knightor’s on-site winery prior to blending.  Secondary fermentation and ageing in the bottle resulted in the creation of this immensely enjoyable, fresh English sparkling wine. 

Eden Brut is about pure fun and enjoyment.  On the nose it is elegant, with light floral aromas, peach and apple like fruit, and subtle lees notes.  Despite the dosage being at the Brut level, it also has plenty of fruit flavour which along with its vibrant and fresh mousse makes for a fuller more jovial style.

Both the Eden Project and Knightor are located near St Austell Bay in Cornwall, just off the A30.  For further information and directions to the Eden Project visit www.edenproject.com and for Knightor visit www.knightor.com.