England is producing some brilliant still wines – discover the “English vintage of a Century” in this terrific case offer
This English Wine Case Offer (with Tasting Notes) is a great introduction to the excellent quality and variety of wines being produced in England today. England’s cool climate presents challenges for grape growing but the combination of our relatively cool weather provides a long growing and ripening season, and the development of great depth of flavours, subtlety and lower abv. Four of these wines are from a boutique winery in West Sussex, one is from another small producer in Wiltshire, and the final one is from England’s largest wine producer – the highly respected – Chapel Down.
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Albourne Estate has just under 11 hectares (30 acres) in gently rolling hills, near Hassocks in West Sussex, with stunning views to the Devils Dyke. The vineyards were planted in 2010 when Alison Nightingale (co-owner) finally found the site she had been looking for which ticked all the boxes to provide excellent drainage, low frost risk and maximum sun exposure, critical factors in achieving successful vine growth and grape ripeness at this northerly latitude. 2013 was their first vintage; they have produced consistently high quality, interesting wines year on year. As well as these four still wines they produce some excellent Sparkling Wines and a Vermouth!
The striking labels feature wildlife that are regularly seen in the Albourne Estate and are painted by a local artist. We live in West Sussex, so it is fitting that this English Wine Case Offer contains four wines from our county!
Albourne Estate Selection 2018 [1 bottle]
Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, lead this crisp, elegantly textured and structured white. The balance of the blend is made up from small batches of Ortega, Bacchus and Chardonnay – each contributing complexity and interest.There are a range of layered aromas ranging from quince, acacia and lime to hazlenut. It has fresh pears and white peach flavours with a citrus finish. A versatile wine for enjoying now, but it will develop and improve over the next 2 years, through to 2022. Alsace style wine.
Albourne Estate Bacchus 2018 [1 bottle]
This delicious Bacchus has subtle aromas of elderflower and green pepper, together with mango, lime and hints of fresh thyme and greek basil. It has complex and layered flavours of elderflower, asparagus, citrus and tropical hints. This wine has developed since its release in June 2019 and is now a complex, classy, dry white wine with a lovely smooth mouth-feel. In all respects a brilliant example of Bacchus, which is similar to Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is refreshing, full-flavoured and has an elegant and long finish; perfectly balanced.
Albourne Estate White Pinot Noir 2018 [1 bottle]
Aromas of maraschino cherry, redcurrant and peach. On the palate the fruit elements develop a greater richness with raspberry and tiny cream hints, giving the wine a generous mouth-feel that leads into a long, fresh finish. It has complexity, a lovely texture and excellent length and beautiful balance. It is made from grapes from a burgundy clone Pinot Noir and whole bunch pressed. An appealing, enigmatic, dry English white wine with a lot of taste and length for 11.5% abv.
Albourne Estate Sandstone Ridge 2018 [1 bottle]
A dry, aromatic, lightly rounded white wine with honeyed tones. Its aromas offer an exotic array from honeysuckle, to peach to fresh coconut and vanilla. The full flavours are layered and complex, with peach and tropical fruit flavours predominating and a hint of refreshing citrus on the finish. It is made from Chardonnay and Ortega with a little Pinot Blanc. The Ortega grapes are whole bunch pressed and then fermented in second-fill French oak barrels to impart a hint of oak. It then rests on its lees and is stirred for several weeks to develop a richer style, and finally it is blended with the Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.
Albourne Estate Sandstone Ridge is an appealing, full-flavoured but still beautifully fresh, English white wine with impressive texture and flavours; it is quite Burgundian in style. 16 points Jancis Robinson; Purple pages
Chapel Down Flint Dry 2018 [1 bottle]
An attractive, aromatic white with aromas of cox’s apples, hedgerows and freshly cut grass. It has a refreshing palate with flavours of elderflower and nectarine, coupled with a smooth texture and an impressively long finish. From the exceptional English 2018 vintage and worthy of a Decanter Silver Medal this year.
Chardonnay, which is being successfully grown in England (mostly for Sparkling wines), leads the blend with a range german varietals. It is quite a kaleidoscope of varietals grown in Kent, Sussex and Essex. Each variety is whole-bunch pressed and vinified separately. 50% of the blend underwent a malolactic fermentation, before bottling in March 2018.
a’Beckett’s Rams Cliff Rosé [1 bottle]
This wine has an attractive light salmon colour and wild strawberry aromas. There are fresh and full wild strawberry and raspberry fruit flavours and the wine is elegant and well balanced. It makes a perfect aperitif at just 11% abv. If you are looking for a light in alcohol wine, this delicate, and limited production, a’Beckett’s Rams Cliff Rosé is definitely worth discovering. A 2018 Rosé that will be drinking well through 2020 into 2021 at least! Bronze Medal: GB Wine Awards 2019