While most people associate beers and ales from Britain, wine from the UK has been making a splash in the past several years with increased awards, production and hectarage. England and Wales have about 500 vineyards between them. UK Vintners are producing sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The sparkling wines constitute the majority of wines, however, reds and whites are a rising trend. The online sales of English wines such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer have sharply increased.
The French are getting in on the action with Tattinger investing in sparkling wines from England and that says a lot. Speaking of sparkling wine, Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs, 2009, a pale gold bubbly with grapes produced in its Sussex vineyards was a big award winner in this year’s International Wine Challenge. Bolney Estate, won the Gold Outstanding medal in the International Wine & Spirit Competition for its Blanc de Blancs 2007.
In more recent years, Bolney Wine Estate has produced an award winning red, its Pinot Noir, 2014. It won a silver medal in the International Wine Challenge. Another notable red is the Trevibban Mill Black Ewe Red, 2014 from its organic Cornish vineyard, winning a silver award at the International Wine Challenge. It has a rich bouquet of berries underscored with black cherries and cloves and goes wonderfully with roasted lam, cheese and is great for sipping all by itself.
There are also wonderful rosé options from UK Vintners to choose from such as Sixteen Ridges Rosé, 2014, great on a hot summer day with its rich and dry flavour that pairs well with shellfish, pasta and cheese. Camel Valley, specializing in rosé, white and red wines since 1989, produced an award winning Cornwall Brut 2010 from the International Wine Challenge. Their Pinot Noir Brut 2010 won gold at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards.
Hush Heath Estate was founded in 1503 and is known as the only UK Vintner producing three Champagne varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It’s Balfour Brut Rosé, has won numerous awards, including the Gold Medal and Trophy at the International Wine Challenge in 2008. In 2009, Balfour Brut Rosé won the Gold Medal and Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards. This was the first time an English vintner was awarded this honor.
Clearly, UK Vintners are flourishing.
When it comes to white wine in the UK, Giffords Hall Bacchus, 2014 is an excellent choice that refreshes the palate with its crisp flavour. Bacchus is a Riesling/Sylvaner cross from the East Anglian region. East Anglia has a number of outstanding vineyards in the region.Categories: Rose All Day, United Kingdom