Three wines from down south to en­joy

The Herald Magazine - - ETC | GRAEME CHEEVERS CHEF -

ENGLISH wine pro­duc­tion is set to dou­ble in the next five years – there are now more than 500 vine­yards and 135 winer­ies in Eng­land. Here are some of the best....

1. Lidl’s Broad­wood’s Folly English White, Sur­rey (£7.99, Lidl, in-store only) One of the best-known es­tates, Den­bies has deftly blended re­ichen­steiner, muller-thur­gau, bac­chus and ortega (Ger­manic grapes) to cre­ate this dry, fresh white that’s del­i­cately fra­grant, with aro­mas and flavours of green ap­ple, flinty stone fruits and a light spritz on the fin­ish.

2. Chapel Down Bac­chus, 2016, Ten­ter­den, Kent (£12, Sains­bury’s) Eng­land’s lead­ing wine pro­ducer of­fers a size­able range of award-win­ning sparkling and still wines. And this ripe style of bac­chus (sim­i­lar to a sau­vi­gnon blanc) has invit­ing aro­mas of el­der­flower and fresh-cut grass, lead­ing to light trop­i­cal fruit and mouth-wa­ter­ing green ap­ple flavours, with per­fectly bal­anced acid­ity on the zesty fin­ish.

3. Gus­bourne Es­tate Pinot Noir 2015, Boothill Vine­yard, Kent (£24.95, Berry Bros & Rudd)

Of all the ma­jor grapes, pinot noir is con­sid­ered to be the most fickle and dif­fi­cult to grow. A ruby red with sweet and sour black cherry, cran­berry and rasp­berry fruit, a touch of earth and spice, lively acid­ity and a smooth, silky fin­ish.

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