Wines of the week: Henners Brut 2009; Meopham Valley Rosé 2009; Jenkyn Place Brut 2009
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 26 May 2013
The spring Bank Holiday marks the start of English Wine Week, so celebrate with these sparkling wines from three up-and-coming vineyards on our doorsteps…
Henners Brut 2009
Delicate aromas of elderflower and citrus, with fresh flavours of verbena, apples and brioche – this is a wonderfully balanced sparkler from a relatively new vineyard near Herstmonceux in East Sussex. £27, sparklingenglishwine.com; for more stockists: hennersvineyard.co.uk
Meopham Valley Rosé 2009
A sharply defined rosé from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown a few miles south of the Thames, this is a sophisticated, dry pink comparable to anything mainland Europe can produce; the perfect match for strawberries and cream. £23.49, waitrosedirect.com; for more stockists: meophamvalleyvineyard.co.uk
Jenkyn Place Brut 2009
Three years' ageing gives the blend of traditional champagne grapes – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier – grown on the chalky slopes lots of toasty, almost spicy complexity, topped off with a sherberty, spring-flower freshness that is unmistakeably English. £28.50, winepantry.co.uk; for more stockists: jenkynplacevineyard.co.uk
Life & Style blogs
The best Oscar dresses of all time
The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
Google Plus might be dead, as ‘Streams’ and ‘Photos’ take its place
Mother's Day 2015: When is it – and how did it first come about?
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge launch and review: wireless charging and new case see Samsung ready to take on Apple's iPhone
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Dakota Johnson's 'It's only Isis' Saturday Night Live sketch sparks controversy
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
iJobs Food & Drink
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Qualified Lifeguards are required to join a fa...
£19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Based in South Kensington, this prestigi...
£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A reputable organisation within the leisure i...
£25000 - £33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Partner is required to ...