AND THE BEST OF THE HOME­GROWN FIZZ…

Scottish Daily Mail - - EDEN CONFIDENTI­AL -

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.

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