Three wines from down south to enjoy
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.