Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap, Brut, Winemaker’s Classic Blend, Quality English Sparkling Wine, East Sussex, UK, 2010.
This wine: a blend of 90% chardonnay, 8% pinot noir, with pinot meunier; bottled 07/11, disgorged o2/16, with minimum of 55 months on the lees, mushroom cork closure, ex producer, £24 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: a more than delicate toasty-gingery-cidery nose with edges of leaf tea and anise; medium(ish) body, baked apple and pastry with spicy ginger and broom on the palate, decent length. Decant for an hour – into a jug then back into the bottle and closed airtight for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears and small bubbles.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of toasty ginger, baked apple, rich warm apple cider, danish pastry, anise, leaf tea, background citrus.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (-) body, medium (+) intensity, a moderate grip, with flavours of baked apple, leaf tea, ginger, danish pastry, touch of broom. A creamy mousse with a long persistence, a long flavour persistence on mid-palate but a shorter medium (+) on the finish, with a clean toasty-gingery lightly grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, just does not quite make it on complexity and length, still, well-balanced acidity and intensity wise, showing some complexity from several years on the lees/in bottle, decent flavour concentration and length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, but has the potential for ageing over say 2-3 years – the structure is fine, there is complexity, but the length is not convincing enough to warrant a longer window.