New writer Françoise makes a trip to Somerset to visit Fenny Castle Vineyard just before harvest.
John has turned his attention to English Chardonnay in both still and sparkling form for this month’s round-up.
Sitting on the chalky hills of New Alresford, Pommery’s Hampshire estate is certainly not standing in the shadows of Champagne. John visited the estate during a promising 2021 harvest.
LATEST SPARKLING WINE REVIEWS
A modern, clean expression of Blanc de Noirs, with a suggestion of creaminess and a peachy generosity.
Superbly structured, beginning with brisk, crisp acidity before giving way to creamy stone fruit and biscuity layers.
Orchard fruits at the forefront, while riper peachy notes form on the mid-taste.
LATEST STILL WINE REVIEWS
Crunchy red fruit bursting with freshness, but there’s also a nice bit of grip and suggestion of savoury undergrowth.
A fresh, crisp and deliciously fruity white blend from Dalwood in Devon.
Brisk, crisp acidity and crunchy orchard fruit flavours, with the zing of tangy pineapple and rounder white peach flavours.