Coolhurst Demi-Sec Rosé 2016

 

100% Pinot Noir from the 2016 vintage, with 32 g/l dosage.

As soon as Charlie from @coolhurstvineyards told me they were doing this wine I thought ‘yes’! Their dry wines have offered up such fresh, silky and refined expressions of English Pinot that all the extra dosage does is add a natural, balanced fruit sweetness.

Some classic fresh red fruits as you’d expect, but also ripe red apples, clementine and white peach, a twist of pepper and gingerbread, delicate white rose and meringue. There’s some crabapple jelly, but not a hint of anything wild or herbaceous. No rough edges, just pure delicacy from great fruit and sensitive winemaking ( Ulrich Hoffmann at @hoffmannandrathbone .)

An addictive little redcurrant pip twist pops up on the finish, joining the polished acidity in maintaining proper tension and length, too. This is the first Demi-Sec to properly grab me from the UK. Hats off! 17

Nyetimber 1086 Rosé 2010

75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay. Disgorged December 2018. 

The first vintage of the 1086 Rosé has subtly moved on since release, with deep cherry and red berry fruit mingling with darker flavours of cocoa, cinnamon and old-wood spice. There is a spot of grenadine grip playing on the palate, although it still feels bright and fresh. This is undoubtedly Nyetimber’s ultimate expression of Pinot Noir, gastronomic and expressive, although the blanc from 2010 is another notch up. A little less energy and vibrancy on this showing than when tasted in autumn 2019. Lovely, though, and ready to drink. 17.5

/ 2010, England, Nyetimber, Rosé

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée Rosé

2015 base. 62% Chardonnay, 38% Pinot Noir. 11% reserves from 2014, disgorged July 2019.

Red wine addition here is “in the teens”, percentage-wise, leading to quite a deeply-fruited style that represents a bit of a gear change from the calling-card style of pale, delicate Pinot Noir-led Rosés that have become England’s speciality. The high Chardonnay percentage is quite unusual in that context, although it is the Pinot fruit that hits you first with a good whack of poached strawberries and cherries. Behind it there’s sweet red apple and pear, framed by a gentle shortcake richness. With the slightly deeper style comes a touch of savour and spice, tomato and pepper, but the palate is clean and clear, drawn out very elegantly by Chardonnay line and perfectly-judged dosage. 16.5

/ 2010, England, Nyetimber, Rosé

The Grange Pink 2015

The Pink 2015 has an extra layer of fragrance, though, with very attractive poached summer pudding fruit. I look forward to getting to know this producer better over the coming years and vintages.

16

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, England, Rosé, The Grange

Hambledon Première Cuvée Rosé NV, 2015 Base

This was my second taste of wonderfully-bonkers Première Cuvée Rosé, a zero dosage wine from 100% Pinot Meunier in the 2015 vintage. Deep, dark and curious, this is developing post-disgorgement like a fairly openly-stanced light red with its dried leaves and plums. A proper conversation piece to drink sooner rather than later.

15.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015 Base, England, Hambledon, NV, Rosé

Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé NV

The contrast of the Première Cuvée Rosé with the LED-bright Classic Cuvée Rosé NV is quite something, its 90% Chardonnay motoring off with massive acidic brightness in a mineral, racy wine that is almost a polaroid negative of the other, Pinot-led Rosés in the room. A real pick-me-up.

16

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ England, Hambledon, NV, Rosé

Hattingley Valley Rosé 2015

The Rosé 2015 is offering so much refinement and charm in this new vintage. A classy assembly of fragrant strawberries and redcurrants where the palate just has an extra degree of silky finesse, it has the completeness of flavour to take a slightly higher dosage of 9 g/l effortlessly. Top drawer.

17

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, England, Hattingley Valley, Rosé

Raimes Rosé 2015

The Rosé 2015 reaches new heights for this young producer. Kudos to everyone involved for giving it time when the temptation is always to release Rosé younger than other cuvées. There is just a touch more autolytic substance here behind the pretty summer pudding fruit, touched with gingerbread spice. Lovely clarity and texture. A resounding success.

17

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, England, Raimes, Rosé

Exton Park Rosé NV

The Rosé NV was on majestic form. It has one of the most distinctive fragrances in English Sparkling Wine, with totally joyful raspberry fruit dusted with white pepper and delivered with beautiful clarity on the palate. This is available in Magnum £75, which has to be a seriously good buy. It is frustrating to see it in clear glass, though, so vulnerable to that wonderful fruit being spoilt by light damage.

17

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ England, Exton Park, NV, Rosé

Jansz Premium Cuvée Rosé NV

The Premium Rosé is a charmer, with fragrant raspberry shortbread, pear and frangipane wrapped up in a sweet floral freshness. It closes in with lovely clarity and dryness. Dosage is felt in the mid palate, but it stops short of cloying.

16

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ Jansz, NV, Rosé, Tasmania