A style of rosé which England does very well – fairly full-bodied and baskets of red fruits, but still crisp, dry and refreshing. 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: Deep cherry colour. Cherry and strawberry bonbon nose, some vanilla custard. It tastes as if there is more than a tad of residual sugar in this, but it’s quickly gobbled up by the most efficacious acidity. Simpler than their Pinot Rosé, but it tastes like the sharpest, brightest rose-hip cordial and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s a little bit like the mock umeboshi rhubarb to which I am addicted. It’s the fire-engine red in redcurrants and the earth and dust in blackcurrants. Over the period of a week, along with 10 other rosés, I road-tested its food-pairing potential. This unassuming little Regent rosé stood heads and shoulder above every other wine. It was a cracker with ratatouille, it gobbled up salami, it was brilliant with a cabbage and lentil salad in an orange and pumpkin-seed-oil dressing. It loves grilled oily fish, smoked salmon and poached eggs on steamed asparagus. It was great with hummus and great with garlicky prawns. Paprika chicken? No problem. Charcuterie? Hand it over. There is nothing it can’t cope with, it seems. Best food wine of 2020? And secret-vice moreish. Very Good Value 16.5/20 (Tamlyn Currin)
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