According to brand new figures released by the WSTA (Wine and Spirits Trade Association) – Britain got through over 4 million bottles of English Sparkling in 2018! A record year – and a trend set to continue…
The evolution of English wine has been truly groundbreaking. Last year it won over 150 medals in major competitions, including top prize at the IWSC, the first English winner in its 50-year tenure. A blazing summer in 2018 produced the finest vintage in history.
This has all been possible through a better understanding of our own landscape and can be directly drawn back to the work of first English naturalists of the 19th Century, men like Gilbert White. White is regarded by many as England’s first ecologist and one of those who shaped the modern attitude of respect for nature.
His study of Selborne, a small Hampshire village, published in 1789, helped shape our understanding of nature’s changes over time. He’d be impressed by the rise of English vines, and the Selborne Brut is a perfect homage to a man who inspired Darwin.
Made from Hampshire vineyards, belonging to one of England’s most awarded wineries, it has all the hallmarks of top English fizz.
Wines to try:
Selborne Classic Cuvée Brut
Selborne captures all the subtle flavours that make English sparkling wine so unique. Elegant notes of fresh apples and pears distinguish our wines from classic Champagne, and Selborne Brut has a bright core of Granny Smith apple, followed by creamy notes of lemon brioche.
Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus
2018 is characterised by aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and elderflower. The palate is tropical and floral with a crisp texture and a refreshing finish. Grapes were hand picked and whole-bunch pressed in September and October 2018. Cool fermentation in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation helps to retain the freshness of this style.