English Oak Quercus Blanc de Blancs 2020

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Prior to this IEWA Gold Medal winning wine, I have somehow not crossed paths with English Oak for quite some time. However, I was delighted to have a chance to sample this brilliant Blanc de Blancs.

This is their barrel-aged approach to 100% Chardonnay, and it’s absolutely banging. Not shy in the glass, the wine’s golden hues jump and leap out of the glass with a rich, fruit-forward nose. There’s baked apple, white peach and nectarine, and these aromas are lifted by hints of toffee fudge, caramelised pastry and vanilla spice.

Despite its youth, the ripeness and quality of the Chardonnay here over-delivers. The acidity is bold and direct, but the fruit is all buttery apple, caramelised peach and honeysuckle.

This feels like a brilliant wine at the beginning of a very exciting life ahead – one to lay down and revisit in years to come.

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