This continues to be my favourite wine from English Sparkling pioneers, Ridgeview, who blend their best Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier into this superb vintage wine in only the very best years.
The nose leads with red berries, orange blossom and ginger spice. In fact, there’s a real aromatic quality to this wine, its complex bouquet seasoned with winter spiced nuts and cherry.
The palate also delivers hugely on this wine; it feels like the perfect melding of the crunchy, fruit-forward styles and the more complex, savoury styles of Blanc de Noirs. Again, there’s a lightly floral note to this, and the initial crunchy apple flavours lead to plush, juicy apricots and creamy layers.