New Sparkling Rosé and Blanc de Noirs
Adds Fizz To The Summer Season
Is there anything more enjoyable than a glass of sparkling wine on a Summer’s day? Now there are two new English Sparkling wines to try. Lyme Bay Winery has introduced a new Sparkling Rosé and a Blanc de Noirs to its existing range, which currently includes a popular Classic Cuvée and Brut Reserve. All four sparkling wines are available online at www.lymebaywinery.co.uk.
These new wines have been produced with the utmost care from start to finish, under the experienced eye of head winemaker Liam Idzikowski.
Lyme Bay Sparkling Rosé is made by the assemblage method, which involves blending a small portion of Pinot Noir red wine with Lyme Bay’s Blanc de Noir cuvée base wine. The red wine was produced from a small parcel of exceptionally ripe Burgundy clone Pinot Noir grapes, which were hand-harvested. Once blended with the Blanc de Noir the resulting Sparkling Rosé is a vibrant soft pink wine with notes of wild strawberries, pepper and redcurrant on the nose and a bright, fruit-driven palate with a richness of honey and hits of brioche and almond.
A serious wine which will appeal to the discerning wine audience, Lyme Bay Blanc de Noirs is made using 100% Pinot Noir grapes. The red fruit characters have a strong presence in this white sparkling wine. It has a light copper hue in its appearance with fine, consistent bubbles. On the nose it is rich and earthy with forward strawberry and cherry notes and a delicious richness on the palate is offset by a crisp acidity and a light toast finish.
The Pinot Noir was handpicked from the Southcote Estate in East Devon on 2nd October 2014, which is relatively early for English Pinot Noir but 2014 was an incredibly warm and dry growing season.
These two new sparkling wines join Lyme Bay Classic Cuvée 2013 and the Brut Reserve 2014. Lyme Bay Classic Cuvée 2013 is an elegant sparkling wine showing a depth of citrus and stone fruit flavours, and is a blend of 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay. The Brut Reserve 2014 is a vibrant fruit-driven sparkling wine with refreshing lemon and green apple notes; the only wine to be made exclusively from Seyval Blanc grapes.
In 2008 Lyme Bay embarked on a new venture, to make outstanding English wines which embody the winery’s fruit-driven, award-winning ethos. Set in the maritime region of East Devon, Lyme Bay benefits from the temperate climate and a long, warm growing season, affording the grapes grown exceptional depth and expression of character. It took a long time initially for Lyme Bay to find the right land for their vineyards, but in 2010 they planted 26,000 vines and through dedication and hard work were rewarded with an excellent first harvest in the Autumn of 2014.
This year Lyme Bay has already scooped a Gold in the Independent English Wine Awards for its Bacchus Block 2015 plus Silvers for Sandbar 2015 and Classic Cuvée 2013. This follows a string of successes in 2016 including four Golds and six Silvers across the Lyme Bay portfolio in several internationally-renowned wine competitions.
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