With our POS en route we are once more looking eagerly towards English Wine Week (28th May – 5th June). The bunting will go up, stickers stuck, neck tags tagged and maps mapped.
I remember a few years ago when I was invited to judge at the South West Vineyards Association Awards and was amazed at the selection of reds, whites and rosés on offer, not to mention the table groaning under the weight of the bottles of sparkling. The one wine that stuck out for me particularly was a white, full of fresh honeysuckle blossom aromas and a full bodied palate of peaches and fresh limes. This wine went on to win the gold medal at the Sommelier Wine Awards and ‘Best Wine by the Glass’ Trophy. What was the wine ? Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve. (A blend of Madeleine Angevine, Chardonnay, Bacchus.) Under £13 a bottle this makes the perfect weekend white wine to have by a riverbank while dipping your toes in the water and trying to pretend that summer is on its way.
The Dry Estate Selection from Sharpham also received a Highly Commended at the SWVA competition and makes an ideal aperitif and accompaniment to fish. This fine dry style exhibits the best qualities of English wine. Characterized by its pale lemon colour and long refreshing finish it is an elegant wine. The taste of fresh fruits gives a youthful fresh sensation with good balance and length.
The wines from Lyme Bay are also pulling in the medals. Lyme Bay Winery and its three vineyards are situated in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley. A maritime region, it enjoys a temperate climate and a long, warm growing season, affording the grapes exceptional depth and expression of character.
Shoreline (Seyval Blanc, Bacchus, Pinot Noir) winning a Silver Medal, Decanter Wine Awards, May 2015 and Sommelier Wine Awards – Gold Medal – April 2016. Shoreline is a wine for seafood, deliciously fresh and crisp with subtle notes of citrus fruits on the palate.
Bacchus Bronze Medal, Decanter Wine Awards, May 2015. A fruit-driven wine for all occasions. Crisp citrus and elderflower on the palate with a long length.
Bacchus Fumé - A complex wine; grapefruit, lemon and subtle oak with fantastic length. We were very impressed with this elegant wine, perfect for smoked fish and barbecue summer dishes. Beautiful aromas and full-bodied with an amazing finish.
Pinot Noir Rosé Sommeliers wine awards – bronze medal – April 2016
This is a 100% Pinot Noir with a gentle strawberry and cream bouquet with a rosehip undertone on the palate. Delicious summer drinking rosé. (2014 10.5% abv)
Lyme Bay Sparkling 2013 This is a 100% Seyval Blanc sparkling wine from Lyme Bay. A fruit driven sparkling wine with lemon citrus notes and a gentle, persistent mousse. Quite delicious and perfect for drinking in the summer sunshine.
Lastly we’d like to mention Sidbury Sparkling Rosé Winner of a Bronze medal at the 2015 United Kingdom Vineyards Association Awards. A delicate and refreshing medium dry rose wine with light strawberry nose and beautiful pinky hue. Made from a blend of our Rondo and Seyval Blanc varieties.
Wines are made purely from grapes from Sidbury Vineyard. With only a relatively small plot to manage the quality of grapes can more readily be guaranteed and during harvest only those bunches meeting certain criteria are selected and picked. With our wines conforming to a Protected Geographical Indicator status this helps to further assure the quality.
Will there be special offers on these wines you might ask ? Prices on Lyme Bay (Shoreline, Bacchus and Rosé) have already dropped and there will be further offers during English Wine Week.