Three wines to try this English Wine Week
English Wine Week takes from 17th to 25th June this year. To celebrate our very own great grapes we take a look at three of our favourite English wines from the Orangery wine list this summer.
Hoffmann & Rathbone, Blanc de Blancs 2011
Created by winemaker Ulrich Hoffmann and his family in Sussex, this excellent sparkling wine is a favourite with guests. Round on the palate with persistent bubbles, mineral notes and a refreshing finish.
Made with the traditional method using 100% Chardonnay and aged for 60 months on its lees. Intense aromas of ripe citrus fruits with notes of white flowers and peach.
Ulrich has gained his expertise while working at various wineries across the world including Château de Fieuzal in Bordeaux. His winery use modern, minimalist methods to produce very small quantities of premium wine, produced from the ripest grapes when the climatic conditions are optimum, so the quality is guaranteed.
Gusbourne - Blanc de Blanc and Rosé
Gusbourne produce award winning sparkling wines including the Blanc de Blancs, a classic elegant Chardonnay with flavours of green apple, citrus and mineral notes. A good accompaniment to seafood.
The Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. A taste of summer in a bottle with flavours of strawberries, fresh cherries and redcurrants. The ideal partner to a summer meal.
Northumberland Honey Co, Sparkling Rose Mead
Sparkling Mead is the bee equivalent of Champagne or Sparkling Wine. Produced in Haltwhistle, Northumberland using Northumbrian Honey and spring water rather than grapes!
Traditional method Sparkling Mead is produced in a similar method to that of Champagne, taking over two years to create a bottle.
Being a working meadery, Northumberland Honey Co undertake all production in Haltwhistle and are the first meadery in the UK to produce a traditional method Sparkling Mead.
Perfect for summer wine drinking, and an excellent choice to pair with fruity British desserts such as strawberries and cream. What’s more is that since the company started producing Sparkling Mead in 2016 they have increased bee numbers by around 3,000 for every bottle consumed. Now that's something to raise a glass to!
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