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Our top 5 British wines to drink this summer

Wednesday 16 June 2021

 

 

Get your wine glasses at the ready, we're celebrating British wine week in style with our favourite British bottles. 

 

Westwell Ortega amphora 2019, 11.5% 

A delicious, complex and textured wine and in our opinion, one of the best made here in the UK. Westwell, owned by Adrian Pike, formal record label founder is leading the way with British grapes by keeping pesticides used to a minimum and  experimenting with wild yeasts. Expect peachy aromas with floral tones that work incredibly well with seafood and chicken dishes. 

Available here: £18.44 Tivoli Wines 

 

Ancre Hill Vineyard Rose 2018, 10.0%

This wild strawberry, red cherry and redcurrant freshness make this a perfect choice for an alfresco afternoon outside. Paired perfectly with charcuterie and canapés, this stunning Ancre hill rose will not disappoint. Made from the final 10/15% out of the press of their Blanc de Noirs production, the skins left on juice for 4-6 hours. This is then followed by fermentation in stainless steel and aged for 6 months minimum with natural MLF (Malolactic Fermentation), no filtration or fining. Ancre Hill (Based in Wales) are as Biodynamic and Organic as it gets; The wines produced there express the Terroir of ancient mudstone and sandstone soils, giving the wines their character and natural flavours, with no external intervention or manipulation in the winemaking process. This is one we'd order time and time again. 

 

 

Available here: £19.95 Ancre Hill Estates 

Bolney Estate Pinot Noir 2020 ,12.50%

 

This lovely ripe and lightly oaked pinot noir from English winery Bolney is perfect with smoked fish for summer evenings. Bolney is a great example of a pinot noir, but doesn't come across too heavy (Because we don't want that in this weather). Its well balanced, has a soft red cherry taste with hints of strawberries and gets better the longer its been sitting in the glass. 

 

Available here: £19.99 Bolney Estate 

Kits Coty estate bacchus 2018 - 13%

A wine that screams summer (And were here here for it) with its lychee, peach and ripe melon aromas and a background oak influence. Paired best with crabmeat, asparagus (Get them before they come to the end of their season) risotto and lightly smoked fish (We'd go for London Smoke and Cures Smoked Salmon). Havested by hand in late september, the grapes are whole bunch pressed before undergoing wild fermentation. Then put into french oak barrels for nine months to add complexity and richness to the wine. Yep, we like the sound of that.. 

 

Available here: £25 Kits Coty Estate

Sharpham Summer Sparkling, 12%

 

This is one to really elevate the party and its definitely getting our taste buds going. A summer sparkling that goes perfectly with shellfish and charcuterie and great for a gift. Its made at the Sharpham winery in Totnes and was actually created by mistake believe it or not! The team were preparing to move the winery to its new home in Sandridge Barton and a lost batch of estate grown Dornfelder and Pinot Noir red grapes from the 2011-2012 vintages were discovered. To celebrate, the team created this limited edition summer sparkling, we couldn't be more pleased. Creamy, fruity and refreshing, this fizz will have you reaching for more.  

 

Available here: £19.99 Wickhams

Inspired? 

 

For more tips on great wine, heres Fred from Dynamic Vines talking about his incredible Organic and Biodynamic bottles. 

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