This month’s selection of wines ……
Simpson’s Estate Roman Road 2018
The nose shows the first signs of beauty; there’s crisp citrus, white peach and crunchy green apples. It’s immaculate and Chablis-esque with lovely hints of minerality, suggestions of toasted oak, tangerine peel and spice. It’s the punchy, tangy orchard fruits upfront that grab your attention and make your mouth water. But then, softer apricot stone fruit flavours and hints of the tropical envelope the crispness. Throughout, there’s this tingly, bright mineral seasoning that you can’t help but admire, and a delicious spiced nut and white chocolate undertone that makes it excessively moreish.
Fox & Fox CV Brut 2014
• WINE OF THE MONTH •
Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris
This wine is big on minerality, with crushed oyster shells, coastal sea breeze and wet pebbles all rolled into one. Then it brings the warmth of juicy, fleshy peach richness and sweet pear notes, with light toasty notes and tiny bubbles giving sublime texture and balance. This is a must-try – vivid, energetic, elegant, but also plush and ripe.
Tickerage Vintage Cyder 2011
Made from apples
Made traditionally like English sparkling wine, this was from the first press of the juice and has spent some seven years on the lees. The result is a golden, sparkling apple wine, with hugely appealing aromas of baked apple and sweet pear, with succulent honeysuckle and that distinctive bruised apple cider note.
Somborne Valley Blush Rosé 2014
Grapes: Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
The Somborne has got a lovely blush pink colour to it, and a clean, red fruit-led nose of raspberry and strawberry with lemon zest and hints of pastry.
The palate is brisk and zesty upfront, with pink grapefruit and tangy cranberries initially. It continues with fuller flavours of peach and strawberries, with a hint of cream adding a little weight – a welcoming and generous sparkling rosé.
Langham Col Fondo PN 2018
Grapes: Pinot Noir
A ruby red wine that is a little cloudy due to those residual yeast lees in the bottle.
The wine has vibrant aromas of cherry, raspberry, hints of blueberry and a little bit of savoury earthiness.
The palate is brisk and very dry since there is no dosage. It has a leanness that contrasts with the more abundant ripe red berry flavours of tangy cherry and redcurrant. It doesn’t take itself too seriously; it’s a ‘smashable’ bottle that goes well with grilled meats and barbecues, but there is still a suggestion of tannin and great savoury depth.
Albourne Estate Red Pinot Noir 2018
Grapes: Pinot Noir
The wine is a light ruby colour and is slightly cloudy due to Albourne wanting to preserve the wine’s concentration and integrity. The nose is immediately grabbing, with a fusion of red fruits, cracked black pepper, and some light earthy tones.
For a wine so delicate in complexion, the palate packs quite some depth. Initially, there are tangy red summer berry flavours of cranberry and raspberry, but these soften to a rather supple cherry-laced mid-taste. Overall, it’s a fine example of English Pinot, with decent length thanks to prominent tannin and savoury textures.
Box, Approx. £90