The Top 6 Best British Brut and Wines
Did you know that on average, Britons drink around 108 bottles of wine a year? Considering these numbers, you might be a wine lover yourself.
Whether you’ve just developed a passion for wines or you’ve been uncorking for years, some extra knowledge can always be useful and especially in terms if you can support British wineries.
In this article, we’ll show you what the top 6 best British Brut and wines are so you can jet off to those wineries when you wish.
The Hope and Harrow Brut Reserve NV is from one of the only Buckinghamshire wineries around.
It’s won several awards, including silver at the ‘International Wine Challenge’, gold at the ‘Sommelier Wine Awards’, Gold at the ‘Wine GB Awards’, and gold at the ‘International Wine & Spirits Competition’.
This sparkling wine is made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes.
As an NV wine, it has varying percentages for each grape. For example, the 4th Edition bottling has a base of 2015 with 30% 2014 reserves.
When you give this Brut a taste, it has hints of pineapple and peach and has an alcohol volume of 12%.
Harrow & Hope
For over half a million years, the Chiltern Hills, carved by the retreating Thames makes for a perfect environment to create world-class sparkling wines. As such the vineyard estate makes the ideal Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, but not without its difficulties to cultivate.
Harrow & Hope use traditional methods of winemaking which gives its unique characteristics.
If you’d like to visit the vineyard, you can always feel free to book a tour and tasting.
“Harrow & Hope is truly a labour of love. A very small family team with the belief that, with hard work and good fortune, the flint laden slopes above Marlow will yield a sparkling wine to rival the worlds greatest.”
Do you want to emanate Her Majesty The Queen? Then surely a bottle of Wiston Estate Brut NV will do. In 2015, she used a bottle of this wine to commemorate the start of P&O’s Britannia cruise liner.
This sparkling wine has won gold at the ‘2017 International Wine Challenge’ and Best Sparkling Trophy in the ‘2019 IEWA’.
The Wiston Estate Brut NV is produced in a Sussex vineyard that has over 275 years of history and is made of a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. The exact percentages of each will depend on what year you purchase, but in general, you can expect the blend to be pretty equal across all 3 classic wines.
You can expect this wine to have hints of Granny Smith apples, grapefruit, and gooseberry. It works wonderfully well with tapas and charcuterie. You can even drink it as an aperitif.
This sparkling wine has an alcohol volume of 12%.
Strewn over 6,000 acres over the South Downs and clay soils of the Weald, the Wiston Estate has been family-owned by the Gorings since 1743.
However, it wasn’t until Pip Goring moved in and her dream of having her own vineyard became a reality. Subsequently, the Sussex vineyard was planted in 2006 and from there, went onto cultivate award-winning sparkling wines.
If you’re interested in visiting the vineyard, they do host wine tours and tastings. You can also private hire their wine barn for your private events and celebrations.
As Harry Goring says, “No one seemed particularly interested in hundreds of acres of barley and wheat but plant 16 acres of vineyard and people are fascinated”.
This sparkling wine is made in Hampshire by winemaker Jacob Leadley and it’s won silver for the ‘2019 Sommelier Wine Awards’ and gold for the ‘2019 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships. He utilises a small batch method, which is a classic.
Like other wines on this list, the Black Chalk Wild Rose consists of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. The blend is 41%, 38%, and 21%, respectively.
These 3 wine varieties combined together gives you a bright and fresh taste that’s perfect for the summer. You’ll get hints of fruits such as raspberry, cranberry, and strawberries.
This wine has an alcohol volume of 12%. Years of production include 2015 and 2016.
Black Chalk Wine
Positioned on the banks of the River Test in Hampshire, you can enjoy a tour of the stunning vineyards and experience Englands finest wines.
If you would like to experience this beautiful venue, book a tour on 01264 860440
‘I reckon this is one of the best UK sparklers out there. So delicate with purity and balance. World Class’
Dr Jamie Goode
This is another wine made by Jacob Leadley. This is a second vintage that’s fermented in oak barrels, which is what gives it its unique taste. It’s won silver accolades for the 2019 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships and the 2018 International Wine Challenge.
The Black Chalk Classic is also made with Pinot Noir, Minot Meunier, and Chardonnay. The blend is 23%, 32%, and 45%, respectively. As you can see, this wine is more Chardonnay-heavy, whereas the Wild Rose is more Pinot Noir-heavy.
The difference in blend percentages is what gives the Classic a different taste. While still fruity, it’s more reminiscent of cranberry, red apple, and peach skin.
Like the Wild Rose, the Classic wine has an alcohol volume of 12% and was produced in 2015 and 2016.
The Louis Pommery England Brut is another Hampshire sparkling wine. It’s made by the chef de cave Thierry Gasco and Emma Rice, and was a production that resulted from collaborating with Hattingley Valley. In 2019, it won gold in the CSWWC Contest.
The grapes in this wine are sourced from not just Hampshire, but also Essex and Sussex. The grape varieties used are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
When you take a sip of this delicious Brut, you’ll get notes of green apple and other citrus fruits.
The Louis Pommery English Brut is an NV wine and has an alcohol volume of 12%.
Unfortunately, the Pinglestone Estate from where this wine is sourced is not open to the public.
For those who are a fan of rosé, this one’s for you. This sparkling wine is made in East Sussex on what used to be Glenmore Farm in 1982. However, this farm slowly transitioned to Bluebell Vineyard, where over 100,000 premium vines grow to make exquisite wines.
The Bluebell Vineyard Hindleap Brut Rosé is made of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Your palate will enjoy tastes of peach, orange zest, strawberry, cranberry, and red apple. This wine spends at least 30 months on the lees, so you can count on it to have a fantastic taste on your tongue.
This sparkling wine is a vintage from 2015 and has an alcohol volume of 11.5%.
Bluebell Vineyard Estate, East Sussex
For world-class still and sparkling wines, a visit to this family-run 100-acre vineyard and winery is a must!
Crafted using the traditional methods of production, the end result is a perfect blend of character, acidity and ageing.
If you feel like touring the vineyard for yourself, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can book tours and tastings.
“We believe our wines can rival the best in the world. And it’s not just us who think so – our range of ‘Hindleap’ sparkling wines has been awarded over sixty national and international awards in just 5 years, confirming our reputation as one of England’s leading producers.”
Pick Up Some of These Wines for Yourself
Now you have a fantastic list of the best wines produced right here in the UK. So pick up a few bottles for yourself, friends, and/or family to share. You never know; you just might find your new favourite sparkling wine that you just can’t get enough of!
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