Last summer Appreciating Assets published our Wine Lover’s Guide to the UK – an infographic and map which listed all the award-winning vineyards in the United Kingdom along with a guide to the history of wine in England, Wales and Scotland.
Five Great English Wines
Today we revisit some of the best English vineyards on that map, to celebrate St George’s Day and to choose five great English wines that represent the best this country has to offer. Red, white, rosé and sparkling. In no particular order…
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut 2009
“a savoury yet chalky nose and a palate which is both amazingly crisp and refreshing yet dominated by red fruit and a honied and biscuity texture”
A Cornish vineyard that has been producing wine since 1989, their sun-soaked Southern slopes are one of the best locations for growing grapes in the country and is run by award-winning father and son team Bob and Sam Lindo.
Furleigh Estate Rosé 2010
“pale pink, sparkling wine with a gentle mousse and lively red fruits. The finish is frothy and fun with a slight sweetness”
Winner of the UKVA’s Most Outstanding Sparkling Rosé Wine Trophy in 2013, the West Dorset based Furleigh Estate produce a range of quality sparkling and still wines.
Chapel Down Tenterden Estate Bacchus Reserve 2012
“This wine shows the characteristic grapefruit, lime, gooseberry, nettle, floral and pear aromas of Bacchus as well as a subtle gunflint character typical with the Tenterden Estate.”
A refreshingly crisp white wine from Kentish vineyard Chapel Down, a vineyard awarded Gold and Silver medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 who last year unveiled a £4.3 million expansion plan.
Bolney Estate Lychgate Red 2011
“The Lychgate has a distinct and powerful nose. The tangy, warm earthiness opens out into sweet and sour raspberries, crushed mulberry, red currants and spice, with a ribbon of black treacle.”
A smooth medium-bodied red wine from The Bolney Estate in Sussex. English red wines are rarer than their white and sparkling counterparts, so the Lychgate red is one to be treasured.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009
“Apricot and bread flavours continue on the long finish. The wine has all the balance and structure needed to age for many years to come.”
A delightful homegrown alternative to Champagne offering a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. Nyetimber is a West Sussex based vineyard whose goal has been to produce the finest English sparkling wine, one which they have consistently reached.