The Wines You Need to Know About this English Wine Week
Summer sunshine and English Wine Week (17th-25th June) give us the perfect excuse to sample a new bottle
One of Chapel Down’s best-selling and award-winning English sparkling wines, this classic blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot meunier and pinot blanc is the perfect alternative to Champagne. Aromas of red apple, lemongrass and freshly-baked bread come together with hints of strawberry and quince on the palate.
Chapel Down Brut NV, £29 Chapel Down
With four years maturing in the bottle on lees (meaning the bottles are protected from light and undisturbed, ensuring a longer maturation period) this Sussex sparkling wine has plenty of character combined with youthful fruit. Expect citrus, apple and hazelnut flavours.
Limney Estate 2018
Organic Sparkling Wine, £29.30 Davenport Vineyards
West Sussex’s House Coren made their debut with Boco, a high-quality sparkling wine with a blend of reichenstiener, chardonnay and pinot noir. Complex enough to be drunk as an aperitif, this wine also pairs perfectly with shellfish, charcuterie and pizza.
Boco Sparkling Wine, £26 House Coren
Only made once every five years, this wonderful red is worth waiting for. The rondo and dornfelder blend gives a deep garnet colour, dense bramble fruit on the nose and flavours of blackcurrant, gentle clove spice and liquorice to taste.
2018 Caesar’s Camp, £23.50 Terlingham Vineyard
Made from the rondo grape variety, this award-winning rosé strikes the perfect balance with freshly picked strawberries, raspberries and hedgerow fruits on the nose and a dry finish.
Poppy Hill Rosé, £16 Little World Vineyard
Smooth, balanced and deep purple ruby with a vibrant finish. This award-winning wine gives aromas of baked plums, black pepper and dark chocolate, and on tasting, expect blackcurrant and sweet spice.
Black Ram Cornish Red, £23.95 Trevibban Mill
A blend of seyval blanc and phoenix grape varieties, this medium dry-style is perfect for summer sipping. Pair with seafood and spices and expect notes of white flowers, peach and apricot that lead to a fruit-filled palate.
Barley Hill White, £16 Little Wold Vineyard
Wonderfully dry, this careful blend of hand-picked Madeleine Angevine and rondo grapes give ways for its pretty pink blush. Expect delicate wild strawberries with white fruit and flowers to taste. This one pairs perfectly with seafood and seasonal berry desserts.
Gifford’s Hall Rosé, £13.50 Gifford’s Hall
Pair with fish, poultry or cheese – this balanced white offers a blend of complex grapes (seyval blanc, chasselas, bacchus, chardonnay and merlot) with a fruity and floral finish. Being the only vineyard in the UK which grows chasselas grapes, make sure to savour each sip.
Ashdown Estate Blend 2020, £17.75 Bluebell Vineyard Estates