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Coates & Seely Brut Rose NV Coates & Seely Brut Rose NV

If ever you were in any doubt about the impact English wine is making on the wine world, look no further than this amazing sparkler from Hampshire. Christian Seely (who just happens to be the MD of some of the world?s finest wine estates) and Nicholas Coates, two friends, set about making a wine to rival Champagne. The resulting wine made by ?Méthode Britannique?, is a a testament to the quality and individuality of sparkling wines in England that will at least rival their French neighbours!

The Hampshire Downs lie just 80 miles north of Champagne, on the same chalk basin that curves from France to the White Cliffs of Dover and across Southern England.

The sheltered vines of the Wooldings were planted at an altitude of 50-100m, on south and south-east facing slopes that gain maximum exposure to the sun in this cool climate. The soils contain a proportion of clay and flint, which retains the heat of the sun to warm the topsoil, while the chalk reflects the light back onto the vines, aiding ripeness.

In addition to the 12 hectares here, there are a further 12 lying on the chalk soils of Exton Park, in the Meon Valley, South Downs, to supplement their production.

65% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier

The grapes were handpicked and pressed immediately, to ensure only gentle extraction, then fermented in a mixture of stainless steel, concrete egg-shaped tanks and seasoned French oak barrels to provide complexity and added depth.

The wine was bottled for the second fermentation and left on its lees for fifteen months; it finishes relatively dry, with a fairly low dosage of only nine grams per litre, made possible by the excellent quality of the fruit.

The Coates & Seely Brut Rosé is salmon pink in colour, with aromas of cranberries, strawberries and hints of brioche. The palate is fairly full, with intense, red berry flavours that are nicely balanced by refreshing acidity and an elegant, long finish.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    12% (9 units per bottle)

Per Bottle 27.49


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