I was mooching around Borough Market the other day and seeing as I had a little bit of time to kill before my Roving Sommelier Pop Up Wine tasting at Laithwaites/Vinopolis on Stoney Street, I thought I would stop off at English Wine specialists “The Wine Pantry” and sample a few of their wares. Julia Stafford (Proprietor) was there and she was very enthusiastic to show me a couple of her latest offerings.
First up was 2009 Astley Vineyard “Veritas”. This is a single vineyard wine from a tiny 5 hectare estate located in the Midlands (Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire). The wine is made from Kerner (a modern German hybrid grape). I really enjoyed its fresh, green apple and gooseberry fruit, attractive floral nuances and lovely rich, textural mouthfeel on the palate. A perfect aperitif-style wine and ideal for Spring/Summer drinking. The wine certainly packs a punch, yet remarkable at only 12% alcohol. It costs £14.50 per bottle, which is quite pricey, but is definitely worth a try!
Julia then brought out a couple of sample bottles from the Leventhorpe Vineyard, located in Leeds. Yes, I said Leeds in Yorkshire! Being an avid Leeds United supporter for many years and rather fond of the city’s beer and fish and chips, I was very intrigued to taste these wines. They were both produced from aromatic white varietals: Seyval Blanc and the quirky Madeleine Angevine. I must admit, I preferred the latter, with its delicious citrus, lime blossom, floral notes and mouth-watering acidity. I could still taste its freshness on the finish whilst walking down Stoney Street!
Please note: these were sample bottles from the winemaker – hence the scribblings on the wine label. The wines were from 2010 vintage. For further details, please click on their website.
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The epicurean odyssey continues…