I was lucky enough to attend the English Wine Producers Press & Trade Tasting in Westminster, London. Here are three of my favourite wines from the show.
Denbies Vinyard Select Bacchus 2013 4/5 £14.95
Perhaps the best Bacchus I’ve tried to date.
5000ltr production, long ageing on the lees.
This is a real beauty of a wine. The first thing that hits you is the aromatic nose full of juicy tropical fruit, elderflower and white blossom.
Fruity palate of grapefruit, peach, juicy melon. There’s something really clean and pure about this wine, with a Sancerre like texture and elegance.
International Wine Challenge 2015 Silver Award
Three Choirs Cellar Door Siegerrebe 2013 4/5 £12.99
One of my favourites on show, this was quite unique compared to other English wines I have tried.
Siegerrebe is a crossbreed of Madeleine Angevine and Gewürztraminer, giving this wine rich aromatic nose similar to that of a Gewurz or Muscat. Rich tropical nose of ripe mango, sweet blossom.
The palate is similarly rich; great sweet fruity flavours of mango, pineapple with a distinct rose/lychee character. Spicy end notes with ginger and lemon grass.
Really loved this one, but can’t seem to find much information about it on Three Choirs website.
Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Estate Chardonnay 2012 3.5/5 £19.99
A rare oak aged wine from an English winemaker!
As a result, one of the more complex still offerings from Chapel Down.
Complex nose of apple, pineapple and pear with subtle notes of vanilla.
Really elegant palate, light acidity with rich fruit flavours of baked apples and peaches. The oak aging has induced a beautiful creamy buttery complexity – not overpowering but also providing great mouthfeel.
This is perhaps the most grown up still English wine on the market right now.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2015 Gold Award
Founder of GreatBritishWine.com, John has been a prolific user on wine rating app Vivino for the last couple of years. Now a self appointed Great British Wine ambassador and with a mission to explore all corners of the UK to uncover the best producers and most exciting wines.