We recently sent a large parcel to Belgium for a private sparkling tasting. Check out the line up. The wines were specially selected to represent the diversity that can be found amongst English wines and the best producers.
Nyetimber has been striving to make the finest English sparkling wine for the past 25 years. They were the first producer to make English sparkling wine from the three Champagne grape varieties - Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Each bottle is made from entirely estate-grown grapes.
Lovely pale gold and gentle, fine bubbles. Toasty, spicy and complex aromas showing wonderful development after extended ageing in Nyetimber's cellar. The palate supports these complex aromas with honey, almond, pastry and baked apple flavours. Very fine and elegant with a great combination of intensity, delicacy and length.
Grape Varieties: 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier
The 2013 vintage won a gold medal at the IEWA (Independent English Wine Awards) 2017. Actually, it won the only gold medal to be presented at the event to an English Sparkling Wine. This is the fourth vintage of Sugrue Pierre ‘The Trouble With Dreams’.
“Full, with a delicious, opulent, creamy texture. The mouthwatering, sweet apple fruit on the palate is supported by a savoury, spicy note and a refreshing acidity. A great wine with a real purity of flavour and great, pithy mouthfeel.” 96 points – Richard Hemming MW, Decanter Panel Tasting, August 2016.
Grape Varieties: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Hattingley Valley specialises in producing Sparkling Wines. They use the traditional method for making the wines. A key element of their style is the subtle use of oak barrels to ferment a small proportion of the wines each year as well as ageing on lees in stainless steel tanks. This softens the wines before they go into bottles for the second fermentation.
Subtle and delicate in colour this is an elegant Rosé with an abundance of bright red fruit and fresh acidity, supported by fine toasty notes developed by ageing on lees in the bottle.
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir, (60%), Pinot Meunier (38%) and 2% Pinot Noir Précoce
Ridgeview was founded in 1994 by Mike and Chris Roberts and is dedicated to creating world class sparkling wines in the South Downs of England. The vineyards specialise in growing classic Champagne grape varieties to make the highest quality bottle fermented sparkling wines. The world class status of the wines is reflected by the number of national & international medals and trophies they have received since the release of their first wines from the 1996 vintage.
A rich golden colour with exceptionally fine bubbles. The nose is expressive with hints of red fruits. The Pinot dominance brings depth and complexity to the palate with a long-lasting finish, whilst the Chardonnay adds finesse and freshness.
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
UKVA Wine of the Year Competition 2013
Chapel Down is England’s leading wine producer and one of the UK’s most exciting drinks companies. Produced in Kent, Chapel Down offers a world-class range of sparkling and still wines. With a mission to surprise and delight, Chapel Down has quickly gained support from leading chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, as well as receiving an impressive array of international awards.
An elegant English sparkling wine with aromas of red apple, lemongrass and freshly baked bread together with hints of strawberry and quince on the palate and fine persistent bubbles.
Grape Varieties: 50% Pinot Noir 30% Chardonnay 13% Pinot Blanc 7% Pinot Meunier
The Lyme Bay Winery: a small, dedicated West Country company passionate about producing delicious, award-winning English Wines from Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley.
Inspired by traditional recipes but they like to push the boundaries so using the most up-to-date production techniques and employing some of the country’s most talented winemaking experts.
This Brut Reserve English Wine is a fruit-driven sparkling wine that displays refreshing lemon and green apple notes, with a vibrant and creamy mousse finish.
“The light, fresh, fruity bubbles of Brut Reserve prove that high-quality English sparkling wine can also be fun, approachable and even affordable. A flirty contrast to some of her more serious sisters, this wine is going to be a big hit at parties and weddings. The perfect welcome to friends and complement to local foods.” Elisabeth Else
Grape: 100% Seyval Blanc
HRH Prince Charles tasted Sedlescombe wines in 2000
Sedlescombe is England's premier organic wine estate comprising 22 acres organically certified vineyards. Established in 1979 by Roy Cook, the Sedlescombe produces 30,000 bottles of ‘Estate Bottled’ English wine annually.
An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit srtucture delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish. Minimum 24 months on lees.
International Silver Medal
Grape Varieties: Regional Quality English Sparkling Wine made from Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir and Orion.