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Saturday, 16 December 2017

English Fizz - Two Wines from Denbies

A brace of vintage, single-grape English fizzes from Denbies

Now I believe in miracles
And a miracle has happened tonight
But, if you're thinkin' about my baby
It don't matter if you're black or white

- Michael Jackson, Black or White (1991)

These two English fizzes are both, technically, white wines - however, one is made exclusively from black grapes, the other from exclusively white.

Made from the finest hand-selected grapes from Denbies’ single estate vineyard, and bottle-aged for 27 months, these premium English sparklers are now available to buy online at www.denbies.co.uk.
Denbies Cubitt Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2013 (£42) zero-dosage sparkling Chardonnay; pale straw colour with green apple, citrus, orchard fruits and yeasty brioche; fresh, mineral, leesy, long and substantial. Will repay extended cellaring.

Good now to Very Good in 5 years.

Drink with roast white meats such as chicken or monkfish in a beurre noisette sauce.

Denbies Cubitt Reserve Blanc de Noirs 2013 (£34) made from hand-picked Pinot Noir from Denbies’ vineyard; pale gold, delicate red fruits and farmyardy nose with yeasty brioche; creamy and full with baked pear fruit and hints of strawberry; fine mousse, freshness and a mineral backbone.

Will improve with age.

Good.

Drink with pate or game.

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