I spent a brilliant afternoon last Saturday being shown what’s happening at the Hambledon vineyard. Take my word for it, this is an amazing story.
The UK’s oldest commercial vineyard, next to the home of cricket, is going to be the most exciting sparkling wine estate in England when the wine is eventually released.
The news in the last few weeks, however, has not been so good for the English wine industry.
A wet summer has led to much speculation about the vintage, and leading estate Nyetimber declared that it wouldn’t be producing wine from the 2012 vintage in order to maintain quality.
However, it might not be quite as some are reporting, with many vineyards saying that despite the challenging conditions there is good quality, although volume is down.
Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2010, English quality sparkling wine
In many ways, this is the wine that first got me excited about English fizz. This is Ridgeview’s signature wine with a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. It has a lovely persistent mousse with hints of apples and citrus fruits and some toasty notes, followed by a good depth of flavour and a long finish.
Hermitage Cellars, £20.15, and Waitrose £22.99