In a nutshell: An award winning premium English Sparkling wine from the heart of Sussex.
The lowdown: This traditional method Blanc de Blancs is an simply quite impressive wine. Made from 100% Chardonnay to say it's extremely good value understates it. Wonderfully full of flavour with busy, tiny little bubbles, lemon and honey flavours and a biscuity it has a hint of an off-dry finish which just adds to its appeal.
When to drink: A naturally superb aperitif it also makes a great accompaniment to things like shellfish, or smoked salmon.
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.