This wine is truly unique. It is, to my knowledge, the only sparkling wine to be made from Kerner, a grape which is a cross between Riesling and Trollinger.
The Astley Kerner has an elegant pour, with bubbles aplenty and it’s no less appealing than any other English Sparkling made from the Champagne varietals.
The aromas are rich and distinctive; I would describe it as apple strudel with a hint of nutty almond complexity.
The palate is most exciting and rich, beginning with a crisp lemon bite and lots of tangy green orchard fruit. It’s full and developed, with a creamy, weighty almond mid-taste that’s reminiscent of almond-croissant.
A dry, clean finish with hints of mineral and slightly green vegetal and hedgerow notes rounds off a strikingly distinctive sparkling wine, both in concept and in character.