Steven Spurrier’s Bride Valley; ’tis the time for English Wine

BRIDE VALLEY

After 50 years in wine – and inspired by the unique chalky soils on his wife’s Dorset sheep farm – Steven Spurrier decided to join the English sparkling wine revolution. In 2008, he and Bella went to select the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier root stocks from Burgundy’s famous Pepinieres Guillaume vine nursery. In 2011 theirr very first harvest was picked, selling out on release in 2014. Now they have over 10 hectares under cultivation, making 2 delicious wines, on the chalky south facing slopes above the beautiful Dorset village of Litton Cheney

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Bride Valley Brut 2014 

Typically a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, this is a wine that combines stunning fruit with delicacy and precision. Released around Easter, 24 months – 3 years after the vintage, it will age well and continue to show complexity in the bottle. £ 25.50

Bride Valley Brut Rosé Bella 2014 

Pinot Noir grapes undergo a pre-fermentation soak. Then, a slow pressing creates a full rose hue – as well as outstanding aroma and flavour. 10%-20% of Chardonnay perfects the colour, and adds an elegant vivacity. Released in autumn two years after the vintage. £28.56

 

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