Published on July 11th, 2012
Celebrate with English Sparkling Wine!
The wines tasted this episode and where you can buy them –
Having a party? Why not celebrate with English Sparkling Wine?
Rebecca Dunphy, tastes some of her favourite English Fizz. There may be cheaper options but why buy Champagne, Cava, or an Aussie Fizz when our own home grown versions taste so fantastic.
With more than 400 vineyards, double the acreage under vine since 2004, England’s wine making scene is fizzing. We’re increasingly turning our backs on old fashioned German crossings and hybrids and choosing to plant classic Champange varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Even the queen has planted 16,500 vines at Windsor to make her own Royal Fizz.
English fizz basically falls into two camps, the pioneer Fizz from the hybrid or crossings and the new wave fizz that is made from the Classic Champage varietals.
Tesco’s finest, Broadwoods Folly, is the pioneer style made by the UK’s largest vineyard Denbies in Surrey as seen on The BBC’s Apprentice. Made just like Champagne, but with Seyval Blanc and Reichensteiner, which give the wine lots of fragrant fruit. It’s refreshing, peachy with apples and vanilla. It’s half the price of most Champagne and it is delicious.
The second wine is made by Nyetimber, it retails for £28.50 and one sniff tells you its got class. This is one of the Best if not the best English Sparkling Wine on the market. It is a Champagne look a like. Same grapes, soils, techniques and aged on the lees for 3 years. A creamy, melon fresh fizz with toasty, nutty depth from the lees ageing. Balanced enough on its on and fantastic with canapés or seafood.
The test is how well they go with Salmon. Nyetimber with its purer lemon fruit flavours wins in my opinion.
Celebrate the English way and grab a bottle of English Sparkling wine!