Retailer Majestic is marking the surge in popularity of England-produced wines with a range of premium drinks hitting shelves. One in 10 people chose to celebrate with English Fizz over the recent Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, so there’s never been a better time to explore all the wine England has to offer.
Master of Wine and Majestic Buyer, Elizabeth Kelly, is a key English wine champion who helps inform the industry about innovation and sustainability. She said: “We have the perfect climate for sparkling wines because the cooler growing season helps keep that energetic freshness in the wines.
“We have these limestone soils, like Champagne, and incredible viticultural expertise. Plus, the grapes are very similar to those used around the world for incredible bubbly. It’s a perfect blend.”
Sales of majestic English sparkling wines have recently increased by 56%, so now is the perfect time to try one of the retailer’s top picks for summer 2022:
Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus 2020/21, England (£17.99 Mix Six, £19.99 per bottle)
Gently sparkling, with an energetic freshness, it is ideal as an aperitif on a hot summer afternoon.
Nyetimber Rosé NV (£41.99 Mix Six, £46.99 per bottle)
Nyetimber is one of the great names in English wine, headed by internationally renowned winemakers, Cherie and Brad. This example shows exactly why – taking the runaway success of Sparkling Rosé and giving it a unique twist. Expect summer fruit flavors with a creamy sweetness – amazing with a cream tea.
Chapel Down Rosé (£26.99 Mix Six, £29.99 per bottle)
The greatest, and for many, the best English producer. Chapel Down has been pushing the boundaries of Kent for years, towards international success. This crisp rosé is deliciously juicy – an unusual, but excellent choice with grilled mushrooms.
Balfour 1503 Brut (£19.99 Mix Six, £24.99 per bottle)
One of the new beacons of the English wine movement. Balfour has won praise for its accessible and enjoyable styles. These wines are a true English masterpiece of freshness, baked apple character and a racy, indulgent finish.
Sparkling English Definition (£22.99 Mix Six, £27.99 per bottle)
The Definition range seeks to showcase “the world’s most iconic wine styles”. Twenty years ago, even thinking of including an English wine in this category would have been laughable. Now, however, the wines have earned their place at the table – and this example has lovely crisp acidity with rich, nutty depth from the extra aging in bottle. A serious wine, perfect for big celebrations.
Defining Sparkling Rosé (£23.99 Mix Six, £28.99 per bottle)
Definition Sparkling Rosé showcases everything exciting about this trending category. Like a berry compote, with a hint of red apple – it’s light, refreshing and looks amazing on Instagram.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvée (£36.99 Mix Six, £41.99 per bottle)
One of the most decorated and universally loved English sparkling wines. Nyetimber is now exported all over the world – but arguably still tastes the best in the country it grew up in. It’s a rival to any big name in Champagne – and deserves to be enjoyed in its own right for its lovely brioche and crisp green apple character. .
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