Woodchester Valley’s still wines really grabbed my attention last year but I had a chance to sample their sparkling wine a couple of months back with winemaker, Jeremy Mount, at the winery in Stroud in the Cotswolds. This is their entry-level offering and is a blend of 75% Seyval Blanc and 25% Pinot Blanc made in the traditional method.
Aromatically, this wine is pretty and fruit-forward. It begins with red apple and floral notes, with hints of elderflower and citrus peel, as well as a suggestion of tropical fruit.
Jeremy has aced the balance of this wine; the Seyval brings a linear, tangy citrus and green apple hit, while the Pinot Blanc appears to deliver a little more fruit opulence and a good bit of body and presence.
Ripe fruit at the forefront with an orchard fruit fusion of ripe red apple, and generous peachiness.
Ripe kirsch cherry, strawberry and raspberry, hints of plums with a burst of tangy cranberry.
A classy English Sauvignon Blanc with a mixture of crisp green fruit and tangy, prickly tropical fruits.