Ex­pert’s choice: English still wines

Al­though cur­rently best known for its sparkling wines, there’s huge po­ten­tial for the pro­duc­tion of still wines in the UK, says Susie Bar­rie MW Ð as these bot­tle show

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A se­lec­tion of el­e­gant whites, char­ac­ter­ful rosés and fruity reds from Susie Bar­rie MW

IF THE EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY weather of 2018 in the Bri­tish Isles proved any­thing, it is to ex­pect the un­ex­pected. That said, ac­cord­ing to dr Alis­tair nes­bitt of Cli­mate Wine Con­sult­ing, the av­er­age grow­ing sea­son tem­per­a­ture in the UK is steadily ris­ing. If this trend con­tin­ues, it isn’t just sparkling wine that the coun­try’s wine­mak­ers should be fo­cus­ing on. Still wines can and should form a cred­i­ble part of fu­ture plan­ning.

Al­though the UK’s rep­u­ta­tion as a pro­ducer of world-class wines has un­der­stand­ably been founded on fizz, still wines are now de­servedly be­gin­ning to share the lime­light. As Char­lie Hol­land of Gus­bourne wine es­tate in Kent states: ‘The suc­cess of English wine has rightly been built on sparkling wine, as this is the style most suited to our cli­mate.’ But when things be­gin to hot up as they did in 2018, the po­ten­tial to pro­duce ac­com­plished ta­ble wines be­comes a se­ri­ous re­al­ity.

It’s not all about the cli­mate though. young and am­bi­tious wine pro­duc­ers, work­ing with the right vine clones and va­ri­eties, in the right sites, and us­ing the lat­est wine­mak­ing tech­niques, are al­ready mak­ing top-qual­ity still wines.

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