Lovells Vineyard, Ysobel, English Regional Sparkling Wine, Worcestershire, England, NV
This wine: lot No. – none given, traditional method, a blend of rondo (teinturier black hybrid), phoenix (white hybrid) and orion (white hybrid), Diam Diamant technical agglomerate cork closure, 12% abv, £22, ex-producer (09/17)
Consumer tasting note: the colour of onion skin, with aromas of fragrant dessert apple edged with yeast, grilled grapefruit, a touch of red berries and a hint of fennel; medium bodied with flavours of lightly baked apple, touches of citrus and raspberry, and hints of the bakery. Finishes medium-long.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity onion skin, showing tears and fine bubbles.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of yeast, fragrant dessert apple, slightly spicy, hint of apricot skin, grilled grapefruit, beeswax, a passing hint of red berries, and after some time fennel.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, a noticeable grip, medium intensity, with flavours of lightly baked apple, lemon pith, very low-key red berries – perhaps raspberry, and a hint of the bakery. A medium (+) length with a clean apple citrus edged finish and a noticeable grip. A creamy mousse, with a medium persistence.
Quality: good, well-balanced and though with no great acidity (by the dribble test), there is more than sufficient freshness to balance the alcohol; a decent intensity with lesser concentration, there is a grip from maceration on the skins, and some complexity. Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – balanced with a sound structure but without the qualities to improve with age.