Balfour were one of the first estates we visited once the idea of setting up Grape Britannia started to become a reality. I have a vivid memory of standing on the balcony of their relatively-newly-built visitor centre in February 2019 in some unseasonal sunshine, looking out over Nannette’s vineyard. I had just sampled their range. I was excited for the beginning of Grape Britannia’s adventure, and about the quality of the wines I had just tried, making me even surer that the idea of setting up an independent wine merchants selling only English and Welsh wines was not crazy.
So I was delighted to have the opportunity to host a tasting with Balfour Head Winemaker Fegus Elias. We tasted four of their exceptional still wines, including three from the exclusive Winemaker’s Collection. You can find out more about the sensational Red Miller 2018, first ever English red wine to wine an International Wine Challenge Gold Medal; marvel at the winemaker’s craft with the Septered Isle 2018 – all seven Champagne grapes, vinified as a still white wine, fabulously complex and delicious; or try the Late Harvest Chardonnay 2018 – a vinous unicorn, a botrytised sweet Chardonnay with incredible lime and orange marmalade characterstics. If you want to hear more about these unique wines, watch our Insta TV tasting.