English Wines Part 1 – White Wines

With English Wine Week fast approaching, I thought I’d post a couple of videos on the rapidly improving English wine scene…

Denbies Surrey Gold NV (£7.50 Denbies, www.waitrosewine.com)
Clean, fresh, sappy and slightly peachy, like Pinot Grigio with a little dollop of Sauvignon. A blend of Müller-Thurgau, Bacchus and Ortega. C+

Biddenden Gribble Bridge Ortega 2008 (£7.85 www.biddendenvineyards.co.uk)
Tasty young wine that combines the grassy edge of Sauvignon with the stony mineral edge of Riesling, with a lively guava edge, and some body, crispness and depth. S-

Three Choirs Midsummer Hill 2009 (£6.25 The Wine Society)
This is a little anonymous, almost Pinot Grigio-like, with some nutty, leesy tones, vague fresh fruit and a clean but simple finish. A blend of Seyval Blanc and Madeleine Angevine. C

Three Choirs Cellar Door Siegerrebe 2009 (£10.00 Three Choirs)
A big step up. This is quite floral, with a pithy grapefruit edge, almost like Grüner Veltliner, a touch of spicy ginger and lychee and a tangy mineral finish. S(-)

Denbies Ashcombe Hill 2009 (£8.99 Laithwaites)
Smoky, slightly musky Sauvignon-style wine, with a touch of earthy grapefruit and a hint of spice. Buit finishes a little soft and lacks finesse. B-

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