The Woodchester Valley Cotswold Classic Brut 2017 is a very moreish, technically accomplished English Sparkling Wine. It has delicate ripe green apple aromas with pear and lemon sherbet nuances and a fresh, long finish. Woodchester Valley is a family owned boutique vineyard and winery in the South Cotswolds. They have three vineyard sites in the Stroud valleys which produce a range of still white, rose and sparkling wines. They are located in Amberley, Woodchester and Doverow Hill (Stonehouse), with a total of 45 acres under vine. Woodchester Valley was established in 2007 when a single acre was planted on their Amberley site to assess the suitability of the land for growing vines. The three sites have different soil profiles although are all predominantly limestone. The Woodchester and Amberley sites are typical of Cotswold brash – shallow soils with a high stone content overlying Oolitic limestone, particularly favourable for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. These soils are very free-draining. Their Stonehouse site has a higher clay content and deeper soils well-suited for their Bacchus vines.
www.jancisrobinson.com review: Leafy green-apple nose. Lots of froth! A Granny Smith apple fool in a glass topped with lemon popping candy. Has a kind of glass-bauble clarity and purity of fruit. It’s a hot day today, and all I can think of as I am tasting this is that I would love this with an apple, pecan, radicchio salad. Very Good Value 16.5/20 (Tamlyn Currin)
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