With English wine week fast approaching (19th -27th June 2021) here we are again talking English wine and these two bottles from the Sharpham Vineyard near the town of Totnes in South Devon, just goes to prove just how good we make the stuff in this country and it’s not all about fizz either, although, we do sparkling wine as good as any where in the world including Champagne.
Sharpham have been around now for nearly 40 years producing wines for the last 25 years, wines that have won critical acclaim with many local and international awards. Their whites are mainly made from the Madeleine Angevine grape but they also produce Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Pinot noir to name a few.
Wickhams a new online wine and Spirit merchants stock an extensive selection of Wines from good ‘old Blighty’ including these Sharpham still white examples which in my opinion as you can see from the reviews below are as good as anything I’ve tasted recently.
Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve 2018
This wine is made using a blend ‘free run grape juice’ and ‘pressed juice’ , ‘Free run’ is the juice released from the grapes under there own weight before pressing, this is generally considered to be of higher quality. The grape variety is Madeleine Angevine an early ripening grape which seems to grow well in cooler climates.
Bright and straw like colour clear in the glass, aromas of crisp green apples along with a whiff of something a little more tropical, taste wise it’s very dry, there’s lots of fresh mouth watering zingy acidity nicely balanced with the apple, pear and peach fruit along with a hint of subtle oak.
Although easy to drink, there was some complexity to this and this was more evident as it warmed up in the glass, this really was a delight to drink and highly recommended.
Sharpham Estate Selection 2020
Another lovely bottle from Sharpham is this Estate Selection, made again from ‘Free run juice’ using the best parcels blended together and left for around 8 months.
A little different from the Dart Valley, a little more brightness about this one in the form of green and stone fruits, racey acidity (in a good way) and bone dry. If there was ever a summer wine this is it, fresh, bright, crisp and delicious, drink it with fish or seafood or just sip on it’s own, either way it’s a pretty decent white wine.
So there we are two very good white wines, for me the ‘Dart valley Reserve’ edges it but both excellent highlighting just how good the English wine scene is a the moment, I urge you all to drink more and support this great country.
Take a look a Wickhams online site and check out the other Sharpham wines, treat yourself and drink along in English wine week ( 19th – 27th June)