Award-winning English still wines for the festive season
England doesn’t just produce world renowned sparkling wine, it’s also winning awards for its still wine too. Here are 5 English still wines you’ll want to try this Christmas. These red and white varietal wines are sure to bring a smile or two.
Justo González Morilla | 16th November 2020
Simpsons Wine Estate, Roman Road
This wine recently won Decanter’s Best in Show award. This is an elegant example of an English Chardonnay varietal wine with notes of pineapple, lime and apricot on the nose. On the palate, orange blossom with just a hint of vanilla and oak in the background.
Available from Simpsons Wine Estate. £26.Find out more
Gusbourne, Pinot Noir
One of the most awarded examples of English red wine is from Gusbourne in Kent. Raspberries and strawberry notes on the nose, with a palate of red cherry and forest fruits. Some oak in the background, light bodied and a smooth finish.
Available from Gusbourne. £35.Find out more
Hidden Spring, Bacchus Fumé
One of the more unusual wines from England is the Bacchus Fumé from Hidden Spring. Elderflower and citrus aromas with grapefruits and peach featuring on the palate. Subtle toasted oak, vanilla and butterscotch in the background.
Available from Hidden Spring. £20.Find out more
Sharpham, Pinot Noir
This cool climate Pinot Noir from Sharpham in Devon spent 6 months in French oak barrels before bottling. Strawberry and cherry notes on the nose and palate. Full of red berry flavours with balanced tannins.
Available from Sharpham. £19.Find out more
Winbirri’s Bacchus varietal won a Decanter Best in Show award back in 2017 for its 2015 vintage. This vintage is also highly rated with notes of grapefruit and passionfruit on the nose. A clean crisp tropical fruits in the finish.
Available from Winbirri. £14.50Find out more