English Wines Part 2 – Pink, Red, & Sparkling

The second of two videos I’ve done in the lead up to English Wine Week (the first one is here)

Chapel Down English Rosé 2009 (£9.20 Waitrose – link is for the ’08, but ’09 should be around soon)
Simple but honest and tasty style of rosé, with a flavour reminiscent of strawberry & apple pie, just off-dry, decent summer quaffer. B-

Bolney Pinot Noir 2009 (£10.95 Waitrose)
It’s not Burgundy, but this sappy youngster does a pretty reasonable imitation of Beaujolais. Tangy and earthy, with crunchy raspberry and blackberry fruit and a refreshing finish – trying chilling this. B

Bolney Dark Harvest 2008 (£8.95 Waitrose Wine Direct)
A blend of Rondo and Triomphe, this has a spiky, almost fizzy bramble and dark berry fruit character, but is let down by slightly vegetal notes. C

Three Choirs Classic Cuvée NV (£10.25 Three Choirs)
This blend of 65% Seyval Blanc, 25% Reichensteiner and 10% Pinot Noir succeeds thanks to a decent amount of time on lees, which has given a nutty, biscuity/brioche edge to the smoky, floral-scented apple fruit. Good wine. B+

Gusbourne Brut 2006 (~£21.99 01233 758666)
Nice cooked bread, green apple and citrus fruit, quite delicately flavoured but marred by a rather intrusive cheesy/lactic character – shame. B-

The Theale Vineyard Blanc de Blancs Founder’s Reserve Brut 2005 (£22.99 Laithwaites)
Leaner and finer than the Gusborne, and very classy. Has apple & lemon intensity, touches of yeasty richness and floral notes, and a dainty, fine-boned finish. From Laitwaites own vineyard, but made by the team at Ridgeview. S

PS A note to some of the vineyards on here and on the previous video – many of your websites need updating with the current vintages…

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