Leonardslee Brut Rosé 2021

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Leonardslee has to be one of the most ambitious new English Sparkling Wine producers on the scene this year. This is the second estate launched by respected entrepreneur Penny Streeter OBE, following her takeover and development of Benguela Cove Wine Estate in her home of South Africa.

Leonardslee is rooted in history and hospitality, with the Grade II listed Leonardslee House and Mannings Heath Golf Club both part of the operation. The estate now also accommodates 38 acres of vines, and this month saw the release of their very first wines.

Beautifully packaged, all this exuberance and fanfare would be wasted if the wines were not up to scratch. Fortunately, they are excellent. This rosé is the jewel in the crown right now and is a blend of 56% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier and, uniquely, 10% Pinotage.

This is an elegant, classy offering, with an abundance of red fruit dancing around the nose and palate. Suitably fruity, it’s packed full of strawberry and raspberry with a delicious ripeness and softer creamy textures. There’s also a hint of darker fruit, and a lightly candied, floral tone.

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