Last week was English Wine Week, and we celebrated with a trip to Duncan Murray Wines in Market Harborough. They had an English wine tasting, including a visit from the wine maker at Welland Valley Wines.
We tried his Phoenix which was a little like green strawberries and almond biscuits, then a Bacchus which was better, rather more fruity with a little sweetness and greater body. The Naseby Battlefield red smelled like blackberry picking in the rain, with an earthy fruitiness, but it wasn’t a favourite. The ‘Tickled Pink’ sparkling rose was, it had a strawberry redcurrant sweetness with a smooth annd persistent mousse. We picked one up but they sold out whilst we were in the shop.
We got home and tried a Three Choirs May Hill 2006, an English wine from a bigger more established producer. We drank it while filling in our Euro 2008 prediction forms. A weird task as their are no British teams involved at all. It was good. Ordinarily I wouldn’t choose a medium sweet wine, but this had plenty of tropical fruit and enough acid to balance it out. I’m growing fond of Madeleine Angevine since trying some at Wissett Wines. Expect to pay £6-£7.