The English Reserve is a rarity: a single-vineyard, English Sparkling Demi-Sec. We believe it’s the only one. Its an ambrosial fizz tingling with tiny lemon sherbet bubbles. As you’d expect, it has perfect equipoise and is the perfect toast with wedding cake or fruity puddings. We also think its delicious it with our favourite cheeses. Its called ‘English Reserve’ because that is what we English are famous for. Its rather good, but don’t go making a fuss about it.
Technical InformationGRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Pinot Noir
ALCOHOL VOL: 11.16%
ACIDITY (TA): 10.6g/l
HARVEST DATE: 15th and 16th October 2010
HARVEST ANALYSIS: Our first harvest in 2010 was a cooler year where the grapes reached phenolic ripeness in mid October.
BOTTLING DATE: 17th May 2011
DOSAGE DATE: 23rd April 2014
Jonathan Ray 'The Field': 'With pudding, one of my fellow guests opened a bottle of new Ambriel English Reserve, a demi-sec Sparkling wine from Sussex. It was spectacular: toasty and yet creamy and superb with the pud. Quite daring to buy a sweet English wine but it was spot on, revealing the guest to be a risk-taking, opinion-former of style and sound judgment.'
Jamie Goode Wineanorak: Attractive pure pear and citrus fruit with some richness on the nose, and even a hint of melon. The plate is rich, ripe, vivid and powerful with a sweet character to the fruit. A seductive style. 90/100
'Typically English, sweetly fruited, this has plenty of flavour,' 'A definite crowd pleaser.'
Damian Barr 'Sunday Times Magazine': 'This daring choice froths with tiny bubbles of rhubarb and sherbet' 'Remember, every time you raise a glass, an angel gets its wings'