I have never tried any English wine even though I live in London. I have heard good things though, and apparently this particuliar English “sparkling wine” is serious indeed. I need to do some more research on this one….my review coming in the future, stay tuned…..See telegraph article below:
English wine beats champagne to win Decanter
A little known English wine has beaten world-famous champagne houses to “remarkably” win one of the most important awards in the wine industry, being named as the best sparkling wine in the world.
Ridgeview, Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs, 2006, made from grapes grown in Sussex, picked up the Decanter international trophy for sparkling wine over £10 last night.
It beat more than 700 Italian prossecos, Californian sparkling wines, Australian fizzes as well as illustrious champagnes from Charles Heidseck, Taittinger, Moët & Chandon that were submitted.
The wine, which costs £21.95, was deemed higher quality than champagnes costing nearly three times as much.
English wine has been winning an ever greater number of awards and plaudits in recent years, but this is the first time that any vintage from this country has won an Decanter International trophy.
Christelle Guibert, the tastings director at Decanter, said: “What a result. As if further proof was ever needed, this unequivocally rubber-stamps England’s membership to that exclusive club of truly world class, sparkling wine producers. Up against a clutch of Champagne’s finest, Ridgeview has produced a stupendous wine that defeated them all. It’s a truly remarkable win.”
Though Ridgeview is relatively unknown outside of the wine world, it has been steadily garnering praise. Last year it beat its better known English rivals such as Nyetimber, Chapel Down and Balfour to be crowned Best Wine in England in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Awards. Waitrose and Oddbins, the high-street wine merchant, has stocked it for a number of years.
The Decanter judges described the wine as, “lemony, floral nose which is elegant, discreet, biscuity and youthful. Refined and refreshing palate, with lemon rind, vivacious acidity, minerality, precision of flavour and plenty of élan. Stunning.”
Ridgeview Estate is a family business with a 16-acre vineyard on the South Downs. Set up husband and wife Michael and Christine Roberts in 1995, it is now a fully-fledged family business with their daughter Tamara, their son Simon and his wife Mardi all working for the winery.