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Greyfriars Sparkling Rosé Reserve 2013, Surrey, England (£21-£26 from the vineyard, Waitrose) Wild strawberry aromas, fresh but with a slightly decadent whiff of ‘the countryside’, decent juicy flavours too, maybe not as good as the smell suggested but still pleasant, with a spicy, smoky, earthy tinge. S-

Greyfriars Sparkling Rosé Reserve 2013, Surrey, England


Denbies Ranmore Hill 2014, Surrey, England (£14.95 Denbies) Soft, easy going style of wine, very floral, with a gingery note and a light toasty element, but while there’s a touch of citrus freshness, I’d like it to be crisper. C Denbies Pinot Noir 2014, Surrey, England (£16.95 Denbies) Proper Pinot, […]

Three Wines from Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey


Hoffmann + Rathbone Bacchus 2015, Kent, England (£19 from the vineyard) Tender young wine that combines Sauvignon-esque aromas and flavours – elderflower, citrus, herb, blackcurrant leaf – with richer, more exotic ginger notes. Quite rich in texture, despite the low alcohol, very tasty debut vintage. S(-)

Hoffmann + Rathbone Bacchus 2015, Kent, England



Goring Brut NV, Sussex, England (£31.45 Corking Wines) I love the gentle, ripe lime, apple and even raspberry flavours in this perky young wine. It’s crisp but never scrawny, and alongside the toasty notes, there’s a light hedgerow character to remind you of its origins. Good now but feels like […]

Assorted Sparklers from England & Italy


Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2013, Cornwall, England (£28.95 Booths) Very appealing forward style, with juicy strawberry (fresh and lightly cooked) fruit, hints of cream and vanilla, and a brisk finish. S Wiston Estate Sparkling Rosé 2011, South Downs, England (£36.00 Booths) Paler than the Camel Valley, and not […]

Two Sparkling English Rosés


Denbies Pinot Gris 2014, Surrey, England (£16 Marks and Spencer) A wine that wants to be light and delicate, but feels as if it’s been forced to bulk up, like a teenage body builder. It’s OK, with lightly smoky elderflower flavours and spicy ginger notes, but it just feels too […]

Denbies Pinot Gris 2014, Surrey, England