Help rescue crumbling Cobham Dairy from ruin and enjoy a top-class selection of wine to boot. Master of Wine Xenia Irwin at Waitrose has created an exclusive case of wine for Landmarkers, with each case sold contributing £25 towards our fundraising target to save the enchanting but fragile Dairy. Landmarkers will save £22 on the normal price and free delivery on the outstanding selection of 15 wines.
Designed in 1794 by James Wyatt for the Countess of Darnley, Cobham Dairy was built in the grounds of Cobham Hall for the feminine 18th century pastime of butter and cream preparation. The special Waitrose case has been selected to reflect the Dairy’s pastoral past and contains three bottles of an award-winning English sparkling wine from the Dorset countryside, Furleigh Estate Coast Special Cuvée, whose grapes were grown in the south-facing landscape of a former dairy farm.
Xenia Irwin, one of 352 Masters of Wine in the world, added:
“It was a real pleasure to create this case of great wines for the Cobham Dairy appeal. I wanted to present absolute benchmark examples of their type, so I have chosen a small selection of wines that I enjoy drinking and know are best in their class. Château Fonreaud is a richly ripe Cru Bourgeois from the Médoc and the premium Cabernet Sauvignon from Journey’s End is spicy and smoky and wonderfully intense. Everyone loves New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but few will really move beyond the day to day to see the sublime concentration afforded by this one from Greystone in Waipara, Canterbury. My white Burgundy, Jumalie Henri Durnat, is a beautiful over-performing Chardonnay from a small producer based in Meursault. Finally, the crème de la crème is the Furleigh Estate Coast Special Cuvée that shows the elegance in top class English sparkling wine and reminds us of our island’s heritage. I hope you enjoy these wines as much as I do.”
Anna Keay, Director of the Landmark Trust, said:
“Cobham Dairy is a rare and fragile survival of national significance. It is uniquely captivating: both as a miniature masterpiece by one of the best Georgian architects, but also as a window onto the hidden world of 18th century women. Today it stands in ruins; with graffiti on the walls, boarded gothic-arched windows and collapsing plaster vaulting. A new future as a Landmark is the only way this wonderful building can survive and we are grateful to Landmarkers and Waitrose for moving our charity closer towards the fundraising target.”
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