Sedlescombe – Regent Rondo Oak-Matured Red 2015
Producer: Seddlescombe Organic Vineyard
Region: East Sussex
Grapes: Regent, Rondo
Sedlescombe – Regent Rondo is a lively and fruity, medium-bodied red, light on tannins and with a smoked edge and delicious red berry fruit flavours
Ideal for lighter meals that pair with red wines.
Sedlescombe – Regent Rondo contains minimal added sulphites. Read more.
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In the late 1990’s we had a visit from a group of students from Weinsberg, a wine college in Germany. One of this group suggested that we should be growing Regent, a new red variety that was performing well in trials over there. After we acquired a south facing field from our neighbour we set about planting 4,000 Regent vines during the early years of the new century in our aptly named Millennium Vineyard. Vintage 2015 was the 13th year of cropping these vines.
English Quality Wine. Vibrant ruby red colour. Light to medium bodied with delicious red berry fruit flavours exquisitely balanced with smokey oak character and a dash of tannin. A great red to go with those lighter, healthier dishes of today. Best drunk young.
History Of Sedlescombe
As the UK’s oldest organic vineyard, Sedlescombe, established in 1979, naturally has a rich heritage. The vineyard was established from Owner and Winemaker Roy Cook’s dream of self-sufficiency and continues with these conservationist principles today.
“The idea to plant vines in our field at Sedlescombe originated in the days of the “Good Life” and our attempt to be self-sufficient. In Spring 1978, not content with just growing organic vegetables, we bought a grapevine to grow in our little polytunnel along with other vegetables. Along with the vine we purchased a little booklet called “Growing Vines Outdoors in England.” It was here that I learned that there were already a few vineyards in England and, more significantly, that the site we owned had the right characteristics-south facing, correct soil type, appropriate height above sea level, etc to suit vines. Furthermore, we also had an area of chestnut wood-ideal for vineyard posts-and several rolls of galvanized wire left behind by the previous owner were found in an old shed.
We did briefly consider growing tomatoes under poly-tunnels but that idea did not fire our imagination in the way that the prospect of growing vines did. In those days with lots of free time and very little capital, there were no funds to buy vines so I offered to help prune at a nearby vineyard in return for the prunings that were cut off the vines. These were then gathered up bundled into the boot of my old Morris Minor, taken back to my home in the caravan, cut up into lengths about a foot long, and planted into the garden. These 2000 rooted cuttings were then transplanted into the field in Spring 1979. The 1,000 Reichensteiner vines (below) are still there today.”
Roy Cook – Owner and Winemaker