6 English Sparkling Wines To Rival Any Champagne!

23rd April

English sparkling wines have come of age.
No longer a second best to Champagne, there's a host of English vineyards and winemakers producing classic cuvées that set a new standard. So next time you're looking to celebrate in style, why not explore some of the award-winning, home-grown alternatives to rival  any Champagne, Prosecco or Cava out there.

1. Nyetimber, Rosé - West Sussex
A wonderful English alternative to rival a top French Champagne house. With tiny, delicate bubbles this sparkling rosé boasts hints of star anise, cardamom as well as more intense red cherry and currant flavours. Long and full finish with an echo of shortcrust pastry!

Vintage: 2009
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
ABV: 12% 

2. Camel Valley, 'Cornwall' Brut 2012 - Cornwall 
Served in Rick Stein's world-famous Seafood Restaurant, this English wine has won a raft of prestigious wine awards. Camel Valley Brut's tasting notes are a true reflection of its home-grown provenance - fresh and fruity with English hedgerow scents, a citrus character finishing with a touch of honey on the palate.

Vintage: 2012
Grape Variety: 60% Seyval Blanc, 20% Reichensteiner, 20% Chardonnay
ABV: 12.5%

3. Balfour, Blanc De Blancs 2010 - Kent
2010 was an exceptional year for Chardonnay with perfect conditions at Balfour's Hush Heath vineyards. In fact, the Chardonnay was of such a high quality that Balfour's winemakers kept a small parcel of land aside to produce their first ever Blanc de Blancs. The resulting sparkling wine is bright white gold in colour, with elegant and crisp citrus notes. Bag a bottle of this limited edition while you still can as only 1,200 bottles were produced.

Vintage: 2010
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
ABV: 12.5% 

4. Ridgeview, Fitzrovia Rosé - East Sussex 
Tastes every bit as wonderful as it looks! With an abundance of bubbles, Chardonnay dominates the blend giving this 2011 vintage an elegant and refreshing taste. Raspberry and red currant flavours combine with hints of strawberries and cream for a fruity finish.

Vintage: 2011
Grape Variety: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
ABV: 12%

5. Jenkyn Place, Brut Cuvée 2010 – Hampshire
A sophisticated Chardonnay-based blend that, now in its 5th year after vintage, has reached a delicious level of maturity. Offers a silky palate of tropical fruit, quince and baked bread. Fresh, citrus highlights with a balanced acidity.

Vintage: 2010
Grape Variety: 60% Chardonnay, 32% Pinot Noir, 8% Pinot Meunier
ABV: 11.84% 

6. Gusbourne, Blanc De Blancs 2010 - Kent
A vivid golden colour with a fine mousse, this Blanc de Blancs with classic Chardonnay aromas of green apple and citrus also boasts hints of buttered toast and tarte tatin richness! A light, elegant and smooth dry sparkling wine. 

Vintage: 2010
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
ABV: 11.9%