English Sparkling

The belt of chalky soil, so prized by the Champenois in northern France, runs on northwest emerging in the southern English counties of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire (where Nyetimber straddles the county borders). The grape varieties from Champagne, namely Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, therefore find themselves quite at home. In recent years English sparklers, which need, like all sparkling wines, a little acidity to maintain their balance, have been propelled to the top of the quality pile. With the improvement in technology, and provided the climate continues to warm, the future looks very bright for English sparkling wine producers. Two new listings this year demonstrate this rise in quality – Ashling Park Estate is on the chalky South Downs, whilst Fairmile Vineyard is also located on chalky, marl soils similar to Champagne, this time around the Chiltern Hills. Away from the South-East, improvements are also bearing fruit with some fine sparkling wine produced in the South-West, and in Herefordshire.

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  1. Ashling Park Estate
    Ashling Park Estate, Brut English Quality Sparkling Wine
    Pinot Noir 12.0% Vol
    Sparkling > English Sparkling
    Properly Champagne-like English sparkling wine, floral on the nose with with a well balanced palate...
    £32.50 per bottle
  2. Fairmile Vineyard
    Fairmile Vineyard Rosé, English Quality Sparkling Wine
    Chardonnay 12.0% Vol
    Sparkling > English Sparkling
    This has a lovely salmon pink colour, floral nose with red fruits coming through on the palate....
    £35.00 per bottle
  3. Fairmile Vineyard
    Fairmile Vineyard, Classic Cuvée, English Quality Sparkling Wine
    Pinot Noir 12.0% Vol
    Sparkling > English Sparkling
    Juicy and fresh wine, floral and elegant nose with yellow and red fruit, creamy palate with appley...
    £29.95 per bottle
  4. Nyetimber Classic (England) - magnum
    Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, English Sparkling Wine - Magnum
    Champagne Blend 12.0% Vol
    Sparkling > English Sparkling
    This tastes and looks like Champagne with a lovely biscuity nose and rich creamy flavours on the...
    £72.00 per bottle
  5. Nyetimber Classic (England) - half
    Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, English Sparkling Wine - Half
    Champagne Blend 12.0% Vol
    Sparkling > English Sparkling
    This tastes and looks like Champagne with a lovely biscuity nose and rich creamy flavours on the...
    £19.50 per bottle
  6. Nyetimber Classic (England)
    Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, English Sparkling Wine
    Champagne Blend 12.0% Vol
    Sparkling > English Sparkling
    This tastes and looks like Champagne with a lovely biscuity nose and rich creamy flavours on the...
    £34.00 per bottle

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