All Angels, Sparkling Rosé, Enborne, West Berkshire, England, 2018
The rural backwaters of Berkshire aren’t the first place you’d expect to find a vineyard, yet it’s here that new kid on the English wine scene, Mark Darley and his family have chosen to plant 3 hectares of classic sparkling varieties as well as Pinot Gris.
Enborne Vineyards, located in the village of the same name, was planted with the intention of producing exceptional English sparkling wine, set apart due to their distinctive terroir. Planted in 2010 after the land was almost set aside as an Alpaca farm, the vision began to take shape with the inspiration for All Angels coming from the local 12th century parish church. The inaugural 2014 vintage has already started to make some noise, and there’s no doubt that this is a producer to follow...
Vineyards are planted on well-drained south facing slopes, composed of shallow, sandy loam over gravel, sand and flint deposits.
Grapes were harvested in October; gentle pressing to extract only the best quality juice, followed by temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel. After lees ageing in bottle the wine received a light dosage.
No oak ageing
A delicate peach colour, with aromas and palate full of nectarine and pomegranate, alongside softly spiced raspberry crumble. Beautifully balanced with refreshing acidity and fine bubbles.
A delicious wine, suitable for English high tea sandwiches, scones cream and jam. Pairs well also with summer berries and summer pudding.
Pinot Gris 39%
Other sparkling wine
6 x 75cl