In a nutshell: Limited edition crisp and fresh English Chardonnay from Sussex.
The lowdown: After years of planning and hard work Bolney have produced their first Chardonnay still wine from the excellent 2020 vintage. With less than 1000 bottles made though allocations are tight! England's long cool growing season has lent itself to crisp and fresh styles with plenty of natural acidity while the warmth of the 2020 growing season has brought well ripened grapes. Textured and crisp with citrus, apple, apricot and orange peel aromas. The palate is clean and fresh with touches of peach and baked apple complementing the citrus and spice notes. Lovely example of a cool climate Chardonnay.
When to drink: Try with sushi or oysters, fresh spring vegetables, or also works well with fresh fruit, particularly peach, apricot and mango.
The estate, located in the village of the same name on the edge of the South Downs about 30 minutes north of Brighton is in the heart of England's wine producing district.
Established back in 1972 it predates the current upsurge in the English wine industry however under Sam Linter, daughter of founders Janet and Rodney, and who now heads up the winemaking operations the estate has kept its finger on the pulse of modern practices and standards. Without doubt Bolney ranks among the foremost of English wine estates in both quality and ambition and they've done much to raise the reputation of English wine as a whole.
In contrast to many they don't concentrate on sparkling wines alone and they also produce high quality still red whites and rosés to the same exacting standards many of which are repeat award winners.