In a nutshell: A seriously good English sparkling wine despite the slightly frivolous name.
The lowdown: Made in the traditional method, just as in champagne, this is a bit more than just 'bubbly'. It's made from a blend of Chardonnay and Muller-Thurgau, which though a little know grape these days, contributes to giving this delicate hints of honeysuckle and a zesty citrus character. Aged on its lees for 18 months to give a real richness and classic yeastiness for the modest price there's a lot to admire.
When to drink: Fresh and lively with a touch of richness it's perfect alongside roast chicken, or turkey.
The estate, located in the village of the same name on the edge of the South Downs about 30 minutes north of Brighton is in the heart of England's wine producing district.
Established back in 1972 it predates the current upsurge in the English wine industry however under Sam Linter, daughter of founders Janet and Rodney, and who now heads up the winemaking operations the estate has kept its finger on the pulse of modern practices and standards. Without doubt Bolney ranks among the foremost of English wine estates in both quality and ambition and they've done much to raise the reputation of English wine as a whole.
In contrast to many they don't concentrate on sparkling wines alone and they also produce high quality still red whites and rosés to the same exacting standards many of which are repeat award winners.