Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2010
Asked to choose the ultimate English sparkling wine to match a perfect English summer day, David Williams (wine writer for The Sunday Observer) selected Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2010.
“made in the same way and from the same grape varieties as champagne, and sharing some of the classic patisserie-shop aromas, but with a distinctive, almost piercing brightness that is utterly refreshing…the ever-excellent Ridgeview’s house blend” (Observer 4 Aug 2013).
Interestingly, he quotes that it is “available from stockists at £24.95″…you can currently order from Bush Vines at just £22.75…what’s not to like, as they say!
Ridgeview was founded in 1994 by Mike & Chris Roberts, and the family-run winery in West Sussex consistently win awards with their wonderful range of English sparkling wine. The next Roberts generation are now established with Simon as Winemaker and his sister Tamara as General Manager. The Sussex Downs are only 88 miles north of the Champagne area and share similar soil and climatic characteristics. Here, in Sussex. the cool climate enables grapes to retain high levels of natural acidity when they are fully ripe, and this means great flavour without high alcohol which is crucial for making sparkling wines with fine, sophisticated flavours. In the Bloomsbury blend, Chardonnay brings finesse along with crisp fruit freshness and toasty notes. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier add depth and character and the result is a beautifully-balanced, delicious fizz which will age gracefully…if you could leave it for that long!
Ridgeview Bloomsbury was served for the Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee receptions – and is also sold in the Gramercy Tavern, New York City!