If you love a fruity little number and you’re on the hunt for a special sparkler to pair with that Christmas day smoked salmon or turkey, read on. Bluebell sparkling wines are made using the same method used to produce champers, so they’re pretty special. What’s more, you’ll be supporting home-grown talent when you raise that glass for a toast.
Describe the tastes of your wines..
All our wines are fruit-driven, marked by their freshness and juicy acidity and are classified as Brut, which means they are dry in style.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Rosé 2011
Our sparkling rosé is a combination of the red skinned pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. Like all our wines, it is dry in style, but packed full of fruit flavours and has a hint of sweetness. Light pink in colour with lots of soft bubbles it tastes of ripe stone fruits (peaches, apricots) and strawberries, and is underpinned by attractive toasty notes that give the wine depth and balance.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Blanc de Blancs 2010
Our Blanc de Blancs is made from 100% chardonnay and is aged for over 30 months in contact with the yeast lees which gives it a hint of buttered toast, honey and brioche. It has a mouth-watering freshness with lots of ripe citrus flavours (lemon, lime and grapefruit) and has a ‘mineral’ presence with some stony and flinty notes. Definitely one for people who love their sparkling wines zesty and vibrant!
Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Classic Cuvée 2010
Our Classic Cuvée is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. It has a creamy texture and many of the classic flavours associated with champagne such as brioche, caramel and butterscotch along with tropical fruit aromas, such as mango, red apple and baked pear flavours.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Late-Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2008
Our late disgorged Blanc de Blancs is one for a special occasion! Aged on its yeast lees for a minimum of 6 years before it is released, it is rich and mellow with a creamy texture and lots of brioche notes. It tastes of lime zest and red fruits with soft bubbles and a gentle acidity.
What are the best foods to pair with your wines?
The key to food and wine matching is to assess the basic components of each and then to find a balance between the key characteristics so that they don’t overpower each other. In general the acidity of sparkling wines make them great for matching with slightly fatty or sweet foods as the acidity cuts through in the way a lemon can cut through and cleanse the palate when eating smoked salmon.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Rosé 2011: a superb aperitif; but the slight sweetness also balances well with salt making it a great match for blue cheeses such as stilton.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Blanc de Blancs 2010: the acidity in the wine makes it a perfect pairing for Dover sole, scallops, fish and chips.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Classic Cuvée 2010: The savoury notes and creamy texture of this wine make it a perfect match for dishes with butter and beurre blancs sauces.
Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Late-Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2008:
Indulge yourself! The bubbles provide the perfect textural contrast to the smooth velvety texture of oysters or the richness of lobster.
What are your favourite wines for:
A Christmas day smoked salmon and eggs breakfast: Hindleap Classic Cuvée
A Christmas turkey or goose: Hindleap Late-Disgorged Blanc de Blancs
A drinks gathering: Hindleap Rosé
New Year’s Eve: Hindleap Blanc de Blancs
How should we serve your wines?
The wines are best served at around 8-10°C. The wines can be kept for several years, although they will continue to change and develop in bottle, more so after 5 years. The fruit flavours start to reduce, the bubbles become softer and the wines start to mellow and develop more nutty flavours. There is no right or wrong answer as it depends on the flavours you enjoy the most! Try to store them away from direct heat or sunlight and avoid large fluctuations in temperature.
Our wines are available through us directly at www.bluebellvineyard.co.uk (delivery charge applies); or you can pick up our wines in a number of independent wine stores across Sussex, such as the Exceptional English Wine Company, South Down Cellars, Rural Vintner, Grape & Grain; in London at Amathus Drinks; and online at Waitrose Cellar.
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