Article written by Mark Banham.
My experience of English Wine is longer than most. As a 15 year old boy I worked at the Priory Vineyard in Little Dunmow in rural Essex where I grew up. The wines from Germanic hybrid varieties were fruity & clean but the acidity was bracing to say the least! Over the intervening 35 years I have tasted wines from just about every region & vineyard that England has to offer; the good and bad, sublime to ridiculous! This is how I know that the Bride Valley Chardonnay (2020) is so good.
From a beautiful vineyard just a corks pop from the Jurassic Coast, Steven & Bella Spurrier have fashioned a wonderland of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier on lean chalk soils. Vineyard Manager Graham Fisher has created a bond with the soils, working thoughtfully in harmony with the existing flora & fauna and eschewing harmful short cuts. Careful viticulture, selective harvesting & fine winemaking have all contributed to make the Bride Valley Chardonnay (2020) the excellent wine it is!