Black Chalk Wild Rose 2016

For current drinking the Wild Rose 2016 is in a stellar place, with super-refined lemon and raspberry fruit and posh strawberry macaroons dancing along a palate of microscopically-textured delicacy. It closes with a calm taper, the acidity never threatening to push too hard. The quintessential Hampshire Rosé!

17

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2016, Black Chalk, England, Rosé

Cottonworth Rosé 2015

48% Pinot Meunier, 47% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Précoce.The Classic Rosé is on form right now, though, with delightful strawberry and red cherry yoghurt and some subtle spicing. A bright, charming style with some grip and pink grapefruit refreshment on the finish.

16.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2015, Cottonworth, England, 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.

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Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ England, Exton Park, NV, Rosé

Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

This is just a perfectly assembled ripe fruit bowl: juicy red pear, white peach and a lovely summer pudding of redcurrant and strawberry. There’s a pale pastry warmth just around the edges, and this lovely fragrant clementine sweetness that seems to pop up in this cuvée. Just a touch of that English sense of hedgerow and sage, but it isn’t at all herbal or rustic – it’s all about beautiful clarity and balance, and doesn’t go ‘sweet ‘n sour’ despite both acidity and dosage being over 10 g/l. It is a marvel, this wine.

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Date Tasted : 10/10/2019

/ 2016, Camel Valley, England, Rosé

Digby Fine English Leander Pink NV

50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier. This is excellent. Pear and toasted almond, sweet magnolia and some delicate quince fruit at first, before some richness from butter pastry and a touch of spicy vanilla slide in; it appears, to me, to have subtle some oak influence, but this isn’t mentioned anywhere so may be an illusion! It’s delicately handled, for sure. Lovely measured progression on the palate, staying knitted together throughout with a fine mousse. Real finesse.

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Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ Digby Fine English, England, NV, Rosé

Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014

Rosé 2014 (52% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 16% Pinot Meunier) is showing very well as of autumn 2019, just warming up into some life post-disgorgement. Classic English crabapple jelly on toasted brown bread with some sweet butter and developing spice notes. Candied strawberries too – great nose! Acid is centre-stage but welcome, with some finesse on the palate as well as some tangy apple zip and focus from the Chardonnay.

Once again much better than at Vineyards of Hampshire in Jan.

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Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ 2014, England, Jenkyn Place, Rosé

Black Chalk Wild Rose 2016

41% Pinot Noir, 38% Pinot Meunier, 21% Chardonnay. This is a pale, lacy kind of Rosé that works so well; red pear and subtle raspberries are wrapped up in a lovely delicate peach blossom and blanched almond fragrance, set off against a touch of herb and sweet grapefruit. So clean before too much post-disgorgement character begins, with a touch of cream alongside a light, airy mousse. Lovely!

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Date Tasted : 13/11/2019

/ 2016, Black Chalk, England, Rosé

Wiston Estate Rosé 2014

Rosé 2014 is quite wintery in tone now, with sharp, slightly acetic red fruits and an interesting cola/herb element. Based on two showings it has developed quite oxidatively and probably needs drinking sooner rather than later. The Ashling Park Rosé 2014, also made by Sugrue, has the same issue.

14.5

Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

/ 2014, England, Rosé, Wiston Estate

Charles Palmer Rosé 2015

This 100% Pinot Noir Rosé had to be selected for its unique, bold style. Made by the Saignée method, it is de-stemmed before spending 48 hours in the press macerating. Quite quirky at first, it seems to warm up with this meaty kind of poached strawberry and rosehip jelly fruit, quince tatin and plum crumble, mint and cinnamon. It really wins you over with its creamy autumnal warmth of character; a rosé for all seasons.

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Date Tasted : 23/11/2019

/ 2015, Charles Palmer, England, Rosé

Coolhurst Vineyards Lady Elizabeth Rosé 2015

100% Pinot Noir. This is one of England’s finest, a supremely elegant interpretation of the Pinot Noir Rosé style framing wonderful delicacy of fruit in a slightly more serious, developed light than some. A beautiful pale copper, the aromas of raspberry tart and sweet, delicate crabapple jelly and clementine are flecked with tiny touches of allspice and smoke. It’s so perfectly judged, with a beautiful clarity of flavour and a texture like taut silk. Fabulous and drinking perfectly with a little time in bottle.

17.5

Date Tasted : 01/11/2019

/ 2015, Coolhurst Vineyards, England, Rosé