Coolhurst Lady Elizabeth Sparkling Rose 2015

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With its striking presentation, Lady Elizabeth Rosé is now in its second vintage and comes from a 6.5 hectare vineyard situated on the Coolhurst Estate in Sussex. The 2015 vintage is made from 100% Pinot Noir, which spent at least two years on the lees, and was released with a dosage of 5g/l.

The Coolhurst has a rather appealing salmon flesh hue, and lots of tiny bubbles, to lift a surprisingly charismatic nose. There are aromas of cherry and raspberry, with hints of toasted biscuit, dried tangerine peel and light oxidative notes.

It’s similarly engaging on the palate, with bright red cherry and cranberry flavours that soften to creamier textures and notes of warm brioche.

What I really enjoyed about this wine was how welcoming it was; it felt a step up, from a textural point of view, from the many (excellent) fruit-forward English rosé wines.

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