The perfect English sparkling wine for Christmas
There is no better time than Christmas to bring out a bottle of bubbly or two. England has been gaining a solid reputation for producing the finest sparkling wines in the world for some time. So here are 5 English sparkling wines that are sure to bring some joy to your Christmas.
Justo González Morilla | 31st October 2020
Gusbourne, Brut Reserve
Gusbourne in Kent is one of England’s most celebrated winemakers. Their Brut Reserve is an elegant example of English sparkling wine and is regularly served at Buckingham Palace. Golden in colour, with a vibrant mousse. On the nose expect lemon, orange blossom, yellow apple and a notes of red berries. Due to extended ageing on its lees, there are also secondary notes of brioche and baked pastries.
Available from Gusbourne. £39.Find out more
Digby Fine English, Vintage Reserve Brut
Digby based in West Sussex are a well established brand in the UK and further afield worldwide too. Their Vintage Reserve Brut is another elegant example of English sparkling wine. Fresh green apple and lemon on the nose, with a creamy, biscuity finish.
Available from Digby Fine English. £42.Find out more
Woodchurch Estate, Blanc de Blancs
Woodchurch craft their Blanc de Blancs (white sparkling wine made from white grapes) using Chardonnay grown exclusively in their Kent vineyard. Pale gold in colour, with aromas of Conference pear and vanilla. Notes of lemon and green apple in the finish with a creamy texture and a long finish.
Available from Woodchurch Estate. £35.Find out more
Greyfriar’s Vineyard, Rosé Reserve
Greyfriars vineyards are situated on the chalky hills of Surrey. Their Sparkling Rosé Reserve is soft pink in colour, with a delicate mousse. Notes of red berry and strawberry cheesecake on the nose. Fresh wild strawberry and sweet biscuit in the finish. Fresh and fruity but also complex and interesting.
Available from Greyfriar’s Vineyard. £24.Find out more
Tuffon Hall Vineyard, Sparkling White
Tuffon Hall based in Essex is sustainably managed by husband and wife Angus and Pod. Their Sparkling White is pale gold in colour with a delicate mousse. Notes of pears, yellow apple and white plums on the nose, with a hint of brioche. A refreshing acidity on the palate with hints of gooseberry and green apple.
Available from Tuffon Hall Vineyard. £24.Find out more