Already winning a Silver medal at last year’s SWVA, this light and fresh sparkling wine comes from Dalwood Vineyard in Axminster. The vineyard was established in 2009 when a small group of local friends formed a partnership and planted 3000 vines.
The 2015 vintage Brut is a blend of 80% Seyval Blanc and 20% Pinot Noir with 9g dosage.
In the glass, plentiful streams of fine bubbles lift appealing aromas of sweet red apple and pear, with fresh citrus and light floral notes.
For a young first release, the wine has a surprisingly rounded palate that ticks all the boxes to produce a crowd-pleasing result. Crisp apples, pear and light citrus flavours up front, with a ripe and fruity mid taste that is almost slightly off-dry in style. Overall, a rather tasty and moreish bottle of sparkling wine.
I’ve been quite critical of Seyval Blanc blends in the past, however, this Dalwood fizz has found the perfect balance between the lighter linear orchard fruit and floral tones of the Seyval and the richer depth that the Pinot Noir brings.