In a nutshell: A full and ripe English sparkling rosé from the heart of Sussex.
The lowdown: This is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes and is a smooth and full bodied sparkling rosé mde in the traditonal sparkling method. It's simply brimming with blackberry fruit, rounded out with creamy, yeasty undertones. While a fantastic summery wine it's works all year round.
When to drink: Ideal with hors d'oeuvres for a spectacular start to any celebration meal.
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.