Sparkling wines have had many plaudits in the press recently and the sun has shone brightly in Kent: our new pair from Gusbourne are super additions.
Elsewhere with still wines, and despite the tendency for cooler weather further north, we have been very impressed by the style and sheer drinkability of the Ancre Hill wines from Monmouthshire.
Richard Morris has planted his vineyard with the aim of growing top quality, ripe fruit. Broadfield from Herefordshire, run by Alexandra James, has also done well recently as have Three Choirs in Gloucestershire and our neighbours in Shropshire at Wroxeter where Martin Millington has taken over the reins from his father David.
In South Wales, Glyndwr vineyard makes fresh, balanced wines in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Product Code: HW00407Madeleine Angevine, Huxelrebe and Seyval Blanc vines grow on the steep valley sides above the River Monnow, just a mile north of historic town Monmouth. A light, aromatic and fresh, medium-dry wine which is best served chilled. More »HuxelrebeWhite - Off-dry10.5%Avocado and mixed leaf salad with walnut and lemon dressing
Product Code: HW00112A good example of English Wines' strength; attractive, floral aromatics, crisp fruit and a touch of balancing sugar. More »Seyval BlancWhite - Off-dry10.5%Sweet and sour chicken with egg noodles and bean sprouts
Product Code: HW03410From the south-facing slopes of the Broadfield Court estate in Hereford comes this off-dry lightly floral white. It is reminiscent of elderflowers on the nose with a gently creamy roundness on the palate. More »HuxelrebeWhite - Medium-dry11.0%Pancetta, brie and grape salad with elderflower dressing
Product Code: HW00211An off-dry white, quite full with fruity, appley flavours. Fresh and zesty, this comes from the vineyard at Wroxeter, less than six miles from Shrewsbury, where the Romans may have grown vines and produced wine some 2000 years ago. More »Madeleine AngevineWhite - Off-dry11.5%Ham hock and cox's apple terrine with cider vinaigrette
Product Code: FI10708Good biscuity nose leading to a refined, fruity elegant palate, well balanced and long. This is a fairly new estate near Appledore in Kent More »ChardonnaySparkling - Brut (dry)12.0%Moules marinières with crusty home-made bread
Product Code: FI11309Lightly toasted brioche with hints of beeswax, the palate adds a hint of citrus peel. More »Seyval BlancSparkling - Brut (dry)11.5%Quail eggs dipped in sea salt and cracked black pepper