This is a bit of a hidden gem. A true traditional method English sparkling, made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier by Denbies Wine Estate and sold on the supermarket shelves for just £20!
What’s more, it’s fantastic for the price, impressing with its charismatic nose of candied apple and peach with delicate notes of sweet, flaky pastry.
The palate’s a crowd-pleaser too, with a fantastic crisp, zesty embrace of lemon and crunchy red apples.
This is a fabulous entry-level introduction to English sparkling. This wine ages fantastically too. I’ve recently enjoyed a few bottles of the older 2011 vintage which demonstrated great evolution in the form of rich nutty, pastry complexity.
Probably the best mainstream own-label English wine on the market right now.