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15 British sparkling wines

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Looking for a great bottle of bubbly for Christmas and keen to buy British? With more than 700 vineyards around the UK, there are plenty of superb sparkling wines to choose from. Here’s 15 worth raising a glass to...

Bolney Estate Cuvée Noir 2014_70934

Bolney Estate Cuvée Noir 2014
The Cuvée Noir from Bolney Estate in Sussex is something of a surprise – it’s a sparkling red. And this unique wine really works too. Its plummy aromas lead you to a ripe juicy palate of cherries, sweet blueberries and redcurrants. This jammy sparkling wine will definitely give you the wow factor when shared with friends and family. (£24.99, bolneywineestate.com)

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Nyetimber Multi-Vintage Rosé
If you are looking for a different fizz to match your festive fayre – think pink with Nyetimber’s multi-vintage rosé. Made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes, this antique red rose-coloured wine is the driest in the West Sussex vineyard’s range. A hint of toasted brioche and a round, full but soft finish makes this a very elegant rosé. (£39.99, nyetimber.com)

 Simpsons Wine Estate Canterbury Rosé Rose Brut 2017 _70932

Simpsons Wine Estate Canterbury Rosé Rose Brut 2017
Simpsons in Kent is a vineyard that strives for something different and this is reflected in their Canterbury Rosé. Created from pinot noir grapes, it’s a rounded, creamy textured, delicately pink wine with hints of rose and strawberries and a sophisticated finish. Produced in small amounts, this exclusive wine is available through pre-order. (Price TBC, simpsonswine.com)

Hawkins Bros Brut Reserve 2014_70928

Hawkins Bros Brut Reserve 2014
Wine producers Simon and James, who are the Hawkins Bros from Surrey, advise us to drink this with friends and it'll certainly bring a sparkle to any gathering. Easy on the palate, this classic blend of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir has a refreshing acidity, thanks to the chalk slopes of the South Downs. (£25, hawkinsbros.co.uk)

Astley Vineyard, Vintage Sparkling Kerner_70929

Astley Vineyard, Vintage Sparkling Kerner
This rounded, lingering fizz shouts ‘celebration’ and will please all but those with the most pre-conceived requirements for a bone-dry Christmas bottle. It’s all the better for it – the combination of Kerner grapes and Worcestershire soil produces a zesty bubbly, with lemon sherbet notes, a hint of almond and a long, moreish finish. (£35, astleyvineyard.co.uk)

White Castle Vineyard Sparkling White 2016_70930

White Castle Vineyard Sparkling White 2016
Grown on gently sloping fields near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, the Phoenix and Seyval Blanc grapes used in this delicate Welsh wine gives it a biscuity flavour, but with lovely floral notes and hints of elderflower and gooseberry. Its elegant structure makes it the perfect aperitif at a dinner party or accompaniment for fish or light meals. (£30, whitecastlevineyard.com)

Furleigh Estate, Classic Cuvée 2014_70922

Furleigh Estate, Classic Cuvée 2014
With a pale colour and a lovely flow of bubbles, this award-winning English sparkling wine from Dorset is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It has aromas of apple blossom, melon and pear, and the fruity flavours carry over to the palate. It’s the perfect accompaniment for seafood platters, or for sprucing up your fish and chip dinner! (£32.95, furleighestate.co.uk)

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Three Choirs, Classic Cuvée
Set amidst rolling hills near the Forest of Dean, the 75-acre Three Choirs Vineyard produces award-winning English wines. Traditionally crafted, this dry Classic Cuvée has a hint of orchard fruit flavour and a fresh acidity from English grapes, combined with the delicate clean fruit character. Gentle pressing produces pin head bubbles for an easy-drinking wine, making a great accompaniment to Yuletide festivities. (£16.99, three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk)

Hush Heath Wine Estate Balfour Brut Rosé 2015_70924

Hush Heath Wine Estate Balfour Brut Rosé 2015
Crafted in Kent using traditional methods in their new state-of-the-art winery on the Hush Heath Estate, this exclusive, multi-award-winning vintage sparkling wine is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes and the result is refreshing notes of strawberries and lime, giving the palate a subtle hint of orchards and summer berry fruits. It has a wonderfully long, refreshing finish, making drinking it a memorable experience. (£40, hushheath.com)

Albury Organic Vineyard Classic Cuvée 2017_70926

Albury Organic Vineyard Classic Cuvée 2017
Albury produces organic wines using biodynamic grapes grown on 13 acres in the Surrey Hills. This gives it a note of difference that comes across in the subtle fruit on the nose from the Pinot Noir grapes, complemented by the Pinot Meunier and the light citrus from the Chardonnay. Fresh and lively, balancing acidity with subtle sweetness, it goes particularly well with seafood. (£31.95, alburyvineyard.com)

Harrow and Hope Brut Reserve_70915

Harrow and Hope Brut Reserve
This is a smooth combination of three grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. This vibrant wine is bright in colour and has strong, floral notes of apple and citrus, thanks to the blend of Pinot Noir. The fresh apple continues through to the pallet, resulting in a smooth, crisp, citrus finish. (£28, harrowandhope.com)

Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve_70916

Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve
If you’re looking for a clean, yet substantial, tipple to toast in the New Year, look no further than the Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve. The delicate bubbles within make any taste of this pale-gold fizz a special occasion; and its citrus notes complement the oak base beautifully. (£30, hattingleyvalley.com)

Aldwick Estate Jubilate Sparkling Wine_70917

Aldwick Estate Jubilate Sparkling Wine
This genial union of Seyval Blanc and Madeleine Angevine grapes, is grown on the Aldwick Estate near Bristol and is ideal for a celebration. Its pale gold colour invites you to take a slow sip and enjoy the citrus notes as you inhale, then savour the green apple flavours on the palate. Its balanced acidity gives it a cool and crisp finish. (£22, aldwickestate.co.uk)

Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut _70918

Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut
A delicately sparkling rosé which fizzes on the palate at first taste. Being of a Pinot Noir grape origin, this is quite dry, so, if that appeals, then this ticks the box for a classy and refreshing fizz which would cut through the rich taste of a Christmas dinner. (£29.95, camelvalley.com)

Sixteen Ridges Signature Cuvée 2013_70920

Sixteen Ridges Signature Cuvée 2013
This 2013 sparkler accentuates rich flavours, thanks to notes of lemon and apple. Seyval Blanc grown in Worcestershire refreshes the palate and nutty undertones from Pinot Noir provide a tasty bridge between the first course and the main. (£25, shop.haygrove-evolution.com)



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