A great excuse for something sparkling

Graham Beck Brut Ros� NV, South Africa.
Graham Beck Brut Ros� NV, South Africa.
Rachel Roddy

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New Year’s Eve is yet another excuse to open something sparkling, the final celebration of the festive season.

First up are two English sparkling wines, which have been very much in the news this year. Nyetimber is perhaps the ‘grandaddy’ of the English fizz scene and its reputation is well founded. Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2008 (Waitrose & Ocado £22.49 on offer from £29.99) is really well made with citrus and biscuit notes and persistent length. Hambledon Mill Down Brut 2010 (www.hambledonvineyard.co.uk £24.95) is made but a stone’s throw away and this is a vineyard that has a fantastic future ahead of it. The first release is a glimpse of what’s to come, elegant with apple, orange blossom and minerals and a textured, elegant mouth feel and a long finish.

TOP TIPPLE: Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV, South Africa.

I will be celebrating New Year in Cape Town this year and this is what I will be opening, South Africa’s best sparkling rosé. It has a really pretty colour and the nose is full of red fruits, followed by a lively mousse with red cherry fruit and some mineral notes.

Majestic £14.99 or £9.99 if you buy 2 bottles