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Wines from the Dart Valley

The reputation of English wine continues to grow, disproving the assumption that an unhelpfully cold climate prevents consistent vine cultivation. Investment in various regions throughout the UK, encouraged by the theory that the warmer British summers over recent years are here to stay thanks to the effects of global warming, has seen vast improvements.

The reputation of English wine continues to grow, disproving the assumption that an unhelpfully cold climate prevents consistent vine cultivation. Investment in various regions throughout the UK, encouraged by the theory that the warmer British summers over recent years are here to stay thanks to the effects of global warming, has seen vast improvements.

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One of the pioneers of this evolution has been the Sharpham winery, situated in the Dart Valley, Devon. Nearing its twenty-fifth year of wine production, they are famed of producing terrific wines to compliment the cheese they also produce. they have quite a selection of styles available at the cellar door, but I think this is the best of the bunch, partly because of its unique style. I quite often see new English wines that are trying to emulate existing styles such as Chablis or Champagne, and whilst I think there is nothing wrong with this per se, I really enjoy English wine that has a distinctive style. Thanks to the use of the grape varieties Bacchus and Madeleine Angevine, Dart valley reserve is a serious aromatic white worthy of attention. Rather than try and explain its flavour as being similar to another more established style, I'm just going to describe this as 'English', knowing full well that this has yet to be fully established. This is exactly what this new, yet burgeoning wine industry needs - it's own identity. 

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  1. Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve, South Devon, 2014

    Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve, South Devon, 2015 75cl

    International Wine Challenge 2003 - Seal of Approval

    An English white wine that has a light, fresh character and pleasingly soft palate. Lovely fruit aromas, with a supple off-dry finish combine to make this a wine ideal as an aperitif or with food.

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