Camel Valley Brut 2006
Grape Varieties - Seyval Blanc/Huxelrube/Reichensteiner.
Bottle fermented using the "traditional Merret method" of 1662 - on 17 December 1662 Christopher Merret presented a paper to the Royal Society on how to "render wines sparkling", more than 30 years before the French started to make Champagne.
IWC Bronze Medal.
Smooth and fruity palate with a long round finish. Slow maturing of the grapes provides delicate flavours and a refreshing acidity.
Three Choirs Rose 2008
Bronze Medal in English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2009
Off dry, crisp, zesty rose combines the crisp, fresh qualities of the Seyval Blanc grape with the ruby coloured, summer fruit characters of Triomphe and Regent. Deeply coloured, with an aroma of strawberries, this has real depth of flavour.
Monnow Valley Madeleine Angevine 2000
One acre of vines was planted in 1979 and this was extended to four acres in 1988.
Fresh and floral, fruity to the palate. Easy drinking wine with a pronounced muscatty bouquet.
This vineyard, one of 14 in Wales, has no website to allow greater elaboration but one of their other wines is sold in Tesco and Somerfield in Wales.
Three Choirs Stone Brook 2008
Using the varieties of Siegerrebe and Schonburger, this blend has an aromatic lychee-type nose and shows plumpness and ripe fruit on the finish.
Stanlake Park Regatta 2007
A rich spicy nose with a delicate, fragrant lift. It is a consistent blend of several of the Estate's grape varieties, such as Ortega and Schonburger. On the palate it is well balanced with an herbaceous, crisp and dry freshness, followed by a long finish. A little different from many of the light, floral English whites, being dry with more backbone and boldness.
Chapel Down Bacchus 2008
This wine is made with Bacchus grapes sourced from Kent and Essex. This white is considered to be England's answer to Sauvignon Blanc. The Bacchus grape produces a fresh and crisp wine with excellent citrus fruit characters and a refreshing finish.
A subtle nose of elderflower and green herbs. Apple, ginger and white pepper on the palate, with crisp citrus acidity. Pale, dry and refreshing.
Dry and surprisingly richly textured for an English white, plenty of flavour, with a lingering aftertaste reminiscent of elderflower.
Wickham Row Ash Red 2004
This wine is an easy drinking, medium bodied, fruity table wine, made mainly from Triomphe d'Alsace grapes which are blended with a small amount of Rondo and matured in oak barrels for 10 months before bottling. Deep coloured and pronounced blackcurrant fruit character. Ready for drinking now but will keep for several years.
Bookers Bolney Wine Estate Dark Harvest 2006
This wine is made from predominately Rondo grapes with one third Dornfelder added to the blend, the wine going into used oak barriques for 6 to 12 months before bottling.
Medium body, soft, juicy, full of red berry fruit flavours and cedarwood, giving a lovely complexity on the bouquet and palate and a slightly smoky finish.
Bronze Medal in International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009.
Commended in Decanter World Wine Awards 2009.
Somborne Valley Estate Red 2006
A blend of Rondo and Regent grapes with subtle characteristics of ripe cherry fruits and a deep plum red colour. Sweet blackcurrant and raspberry flavours. A robust wine which can be drunk now and will be at its best up to 2012.
This is the leading winery in Suffolk, producing its own range of mostly white wines but also being a regional hub providing winemaking facilities for several other wineries. This includes making white wines for New Hall in Essex, the latter making Shawsgate's red wines in a reciprocal arrangement. It dates from 1973 and has been revamped through changes in ownership in 1985 and 2000. The vineyard covers 15 acres of some 16,000 vines, running north-south on clay soils. It was one of the first vineyards to operate a vine leasing scheme where lessees rent a row or more of vines and can have the resulting crop bottled under their own label.
The main grape produced is Bacchus, others being Muller-Thurgau, Reichensteiner, Rondo, Schonburger and Seyval Blanc.
The Apple Desert wine is stated as having a sweet smell and a drier, smokey apple flavour.
My main thanks for the above information are due to the following publications:-
A Guide to the Wines of England and Wales by Philip Williamson, David Moore and Neville Blech.
Grape Britain - A Tour of Britain's Vineyards by David Harvey.
The websites of the vineyards, where they exist.
The brief details provided by The Wine Society and Waitrose Direct.And articles I have read along the way.