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What is the best English wine?

The best English wine? That’s a really tough question! With so many exceptional English Sparkling Wines and, in recent years, still wines, there’s a lot of competition for that title. And of course peoples’ tastes differ, so one person’s favourite might not hit the spot for another. One way of looking at it is to see which wines have won the top awards in the main international wine competitions.

Here’s a few wines that wine judges have loved and given the top trophies to:

Winner of one of only 50 “Best in Show” awards in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020, out of 17,000 wines, this is a classically crafted English sparkling wine with elegance and finesse. Delightful notes of citrus fruit and baked apples are layered with a toasty richness and delicious hint of truffle. Delicate bubbles linger on the palate leading to a beautifully balanced finish. This wine is drinking fabulously now but will undoubtedly continue to improve with bottle age.

Another Decanter Best in Show winner! There are some wines which you know will improve from cellaring for a few years but which you find hard to resist broaching as they are already wonderful. The Roman Road Chardonnay is one of those wines. Pale straw hued, with a complex matrix of tropical and citrus fruit, subtle butterscotch and flint on the nose, this Chardonnay shows excellent, ripe fruit intensity balanced with an elegant minerality, fresh citrus flavours and touches of cedar.

Chapel Down are the largest English wine producer and their range is wonderfully high quality throughout. Their flagship rosé English Sparkling wine won a coveted Platinum Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2021. It has aromas and flavours of fresh strawberries, cherries and redcurrants with background notes of toasty shortbread.