Medium Body, Dry (Chardonnay). LIMITED RELEASE.
Single vineyard Champagne-style sparkling from highly-awarded* Sussex estate.
TASTING NOTES: Elegant balance of fruit notes (granny smith apple, freshly squeezed lemon) and secondary notes (toast, brioche, cream). A rich, round mouthfeel. Pair with oysters, scallops or lemon butter sauces.
* an earlier vintage of this wine was crowned best sparkling wine in the world by Decanter 2010 (" English sparkling beats top Champagnes at Decanter World Wine Awards. East Sussex winery Ridgeview took the top sparkling wine trophy at last night's Decanter World Wine Awards - to the amazement of its owners ... Blanc de Blancs 2006 beat competition from five Champagnes, including the Taittinger Prelude NV, Charles Heidsieck Millesime 2000 and Thienot's Brut Rose NV to win International Trophy for Sparkling Wine" Sep 2, 2010).
WINERY NOTES: An elegant, pale gold with silvery highlights in the glass. The nose has classic lemon zest aromas alongside vintage-specific notes of peach, lychee and pineapple. The generous fruit on the nose and palate is balanced by a complex hazelnut and toasted brioche character. The palate offers a ripe, rounded body to compliment the bright acidity and elegant mousse. There is a saline minerality that lingers long on the finely-balanced finish.
Watch the winery's tasting notes video: https://youtu.be/D6WJq9Bu0z4.
- GOLD (95pts) IWSC 2020
We work closely with Italian wineries that we know well, but we are always looking to expand our portfolio to include other estates, from other countries, that fit our philosophy (family-run, small-production wineries; focus on special grapes/wines; passion projects). It's important to us that we meet the winery team, to get to know their stories.
2020 has been a challenge, given limits on travel to visit the vineyards directly. However, we feel excited to share wines from a Sussex estate that we visited in 2018, which is located a 30-minute drive inland from the coastal towns where both Chris and I grew up!
Responsible for putting English sparkling wines on the global stage when it was the first sparkling wine produced outside of Champagne to take the top spot at Decanter (2010), Ridgeview has been on a roll ever since. Throughout its 25-year history, Ridgeview has done more than any other to change minds and hearts on the perception of English sparkling wine and pave the way for global recognition of the now thriving English wine industry.
Naturally, many consumers want to taste and experience wines that have been critically acclaimed. Most people, however, are more compelled by how an experience makes them feel and the stories behind those feelings. In both regards, Ridgeview is peerless. As the favoured drink of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, could there be a more amazing ambassador? And if feeling like royalty and sipping on the same bubbles as the queen isn't exciting enough, this is the same drink famously served to both Barack Obama and Xi Jing Ping during state banquets at Buckingham palace. Oh yes, and it's the official and exclusive sparkling wine of Number 10 Downing Street.
This truly is England in a glass.
Regarding the growing reputation of ESW, wine critic Oz Clarke believes "the grapes from English vineyards could become the best sparkling wines in the world ... It should be seen as the coolest wine" and his latest book, entitled Oz Clarke English Wine is a great insight into this growing wine region!
In fact, everyone's talking about ESW:
- "The soils are hospitable, the climate is ripe, the vineyards are expanding and the wines keep getting better. English sparklers are a novelty no more." - NY Times
- "Geological mapping has proved that the chalky grounds of the South Downs are identical to that of the best vineyards in Champagne." - Tatler
- "English wine is growing in popularity and is increasingly recognised as a premium wine-producing region, with more than 450 wineries ... English sparkling wine specifically has been highly praised for its quality, collecting three Platinum and six Gold medals in the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards." - Decanter
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