This week is English Wine Week, an annual event created by WineGB to celebrate some of the wonderful wines being made across England’s 500+ vineyards.
Despite our temperamental climate, English vineyards have developed a reputation for making some of the best sparkling wines around, while also proving themselves to be perfectly capable of producing excellent still wines too.
Nestled in the heart of the South Downs, Stopham Vineyard has helped to re-draw the boundaries of possibility for English wine since opening in 2007.
Their still and sparkling whites have received national recognition, winning multiple awards and plenty of acclaim from industry experts.
Fortunately for Brighton and Hove wine enthusiasts, Stopham’s collection is available to order through our city’s new delivery service for independent retailers, Click it Local. Next-day delivery is available on all Stopham’s wines, so why not celebrate English Wine Week with some of Sussex’s finest?
If you need some convincing, here’s our verdict on Stopham’s Pino Blanc, Pinot Gris and Bacchus.
What Stopham say: ‘Our highly acclaimed Pinot Blanc is the perfect food-pairing wine with its zesty, lime-streaked acidity and refreshing flavours of citrus, pear and honeydew melon. This wine has recently won praise from industry experts at JancisRobinson.com, who said that it was “Superb!”. The Pinot Blanc pairs particularly well with fish.’
What we say: Delicate floral and citrus aromas on the nose and a bright, grapefruit acidity on the palate. The Pinot Blanc is a deliciously crisp, refreshing white with a medium body and just a subtle hint of sweetness. We can imagine this wine pairing particularly well with smoked fish or cheese.
What Stopham say: ‘Our award winning Pinot Gris is a full-bodied white with tropical aromas of mango and passion fruit and ripe fruit flavours on the palate. This wine pairs beautifully with chicken, spicy Asian dishes such as curry or roast pork.
Our Pinot Gris has won best English white wine at the IEWA for 2 years running and was recently featured in the Sunday Telegraph by Susy Atkins as one of her top 20 buys for English Wine Week.’
What we say: More fruity aromas than the Blanc – peach definitely came to mind. Certainly fuller-bodied and noticeably sweeter, with notes of ripe pear beautifully balanced by berry acidity. Owing to its slightly off-dry nature, this wine has a long, juicy finish. The Pinot Gris is our pick of the three!
What Stopham say: ‘Our deliciously quaffable Bacchus has delicate floral aromas on the nose and flavours of grapefruit and orange peel on the palate. It is the lightest in body of the 3 Stopham still wines and has the lowest acidity making it an easy drinking wine, perfect as an aperitif.
The classic pairing for Bacchus wines is asparagus. This wine is best served alongside salads and light dishes such as quiche.’
What we say: This wine is very delicate on the nose, with notes of rose petal and primrose. On the palate, the Bacchus has a light, orange-peel acidity and a slightly tropical sweet finish. Again, a wonderfully crisp, refreshing wine, perfect for a hot Summer day.
Click it Local have recently introduced a new mixed case of Stopham’s stills to their online shop, perfect to enjoy during English Wine Week. You can currently get the case of 6 for the special price of £79.95 (usually £90).
Featured image: Stopham Vineyard, West Sussex via Twitter