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Wine of the month: English wines

Thanks to our increasingly temperate weather and vine-loving terrain, English wine is not the laughing stock it used to be, especially when it comes to our fantastic sparkling varieties. But there’s more to English wine than bubbles as these three award-winning still wines prove…

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Woodchester Valley Vineyard

First planted by founder Fiona Shiner in 2007, this family-owned boutique vineyard situated in the Stroud Valleys has taken the wine-world by storm. With a strong team of wine experts on board, the vineyard now produces a variety of wines that can be enjoyed all year round, including the Gold medal award-winning white wine Bacchus, the award-winning Atcombe Red, a variety of rosé and sparkling wines.

Tasting notes: Culver Hill 2019

This Silver award-winning dry white wine has enticing notes of crisp and refreshing citrus and green fruits that are beautifully balanced with subtle peach and hints of minerality. The barrel fermented Ortega grape gives great texture and balance.  Ideal to enjoy as an apéritif or alongside a variety of dishes, such as pan-fried chicken or king prawn linguine.

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Three Choirs Vineyard

One of England’s oldest vineyards, Three Choirs in Gloucestershire was first planted in 1973 on an area of just ½ acre. Today, the vineyard encompasses 75 acres and produces 250 thousand bottles a year. Many of the wines are award-winning, including the first gold medal at Vinexpo in Bordeaux to be awarded to an English vineyard, and the producers are continually focusing on innovation and excellence in their wine.

Tasting notes: Coleridge Hill 2021

This Gold award-winning, crisp, white wine has distinctive English hedgerow aromas and hints of crisp apple, fragrant elderflower and freshly cut grass. The ripe fruit flavours, balanced acidity and subtle residual sugar combine to create a refreshing wine, perfect on its own or with fish dishes.

16 Ridges Vineyard

Sixteen Ridges Vineyard, based in Ledbury, was planted in 2007, and over the last 12 years has enjoyed huge success in the international wine world. Under the guidance of award-winning winemaker Simon Day, the vineyard creates wines that challenge convention to bring customers new and exciting products. These include trials of single grape varietals grown in tunnels to small batch co-fermentation.

Tasting notes: Bacchus 2021

Commended at the International Wine Challenge 2022, this dry white wine pours a pale, lemon gold with aromas of elderflower, nettle, lime flower and a hint of rose too. The palate has crisp citrus notes and just a hint of melon and nectarine.  Try this with salmon or trout dishes; goats’ cheese; grilled or roasted asparagus; or tomato and mozzarella salad.

 

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