AND THE BEST OF THE HOMEGROWN FIZZ…
wITH a similarly cool climate and the same chalky soils, vineyards across england and wales have been producing sparkling wines to rival the Champagne region for some years now. There are a lot to choose from nowadays, but here are two of the best.
Black Chalk Classic 2015, £35, blackchalkwine.co.uk
THIs name is a relative newcomer to the english wine scene, the brainchild of winemaker Jacob Leadley. He borrowed a winery to create his first wines under the Black Chalk label, made from Hampshiregrown grapes. now he’s on his way to building his own next year — great news because the wines are absolutely gorgeous. Made with a bit of oak, it’s rich without being heavy, delicate without being dull. Hats off.
Hattingley Valley Rose 2015, £37, Waitrose wAITRose has really championed the english wine scene in recent years. This is one of the smartest english roses currently to be found on their shelves made by award-winning winemaker emma Rice at Hattingley, which is also in Hampshire. And 2015 was an amazing vintage in england, producing an outrageously good wine in this case with delicate red berry fruits, a touch of toast and a hint of creaminess.