9 pink English sparkling wines for Valentine’s

9 pink English sparkling wines for Valentine’s

If there’s ever a time of year to drink rosé fizz, it’s February. Here’s our pick…

Artelium Makers Rosé 2015, £35

This debut rose from Artelium has been made by celebrated winemaker-in-residence Dermot Sugrue using the traditional method and blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier from 2015. Full-bodied in flavours of rich red fruit but with an element of mouth-watering minerality, it pairs just as well with hearty dishes such as herb-crusted roast shoulder of lamb as it does strawberries and cream.

Balfour Pink Fizz, £5

Cracking open a can of wine might seem a little uncouth for a romantic evening in but we couldn’t not list this latest environmentally-friendly offering from Balfour, which has launched just in time for Valentine’s. A blend of seven Kentish varieties, the wine has been produced using trail blazing methodology unlike anything else used in English wine.

Busi Jacobsohn Rosé Extra Brut, £39

Produced using grapes from the exceptional 2018 harvest, this debut rosé from East Sussex vineyard Busi Jacobsohn is full of concentration and ripeness. A blend of 78% Pinot Noir and 22% Pinot Meunier, it’s dry and slightly oaked with fresh fruit aromas of raspberry, apple and cranberry.

Hattingley Valley 2017 Sparkling Rosé, £41

Hattingley Valley’s 2017 Sparkling Rosé, which won the Champagne Sparkling Wine World Championship award for Best English Rosé, has been given a revamp for Valentine’s Day with a limited-edition label, gift box with a card included – they’ll even write the message for you so it can be send direct to your loved on if you’re not with them (as long as you keep it clean). If you’re together and serving up a romantic dinner for two then this Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Précoce blend pairs well with seafood and cheese.

Oxney Organic Classic Rosé, £40

Just 500 bottles of Oxney Organic’s Classic Rosé 2016 have been produced, each label handwritten and numbered. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this traditional-method English sparkling wine is pale copper pink in colour with notes of buttery, baked goods and red berry fruits, while wild strawberry, toast and hazelnut flavours dominate the finish on the palate.

Tinwood Rosé, £31

A strawberry and cream nose, which gently carries through on the palate, makes Tinwood’s Rosé the perfect match if you plan on wooing your Valentine with strawberries, or perhaps an afternoon tea, this Valentine’s. A gorgeous salmon colour, it’s got an abundance of bubbles but a beautifully smooth and creamy mousse.

The English Vine Valentine’s Gift Box, £80

Featuring two delicious English sparkling rosé wines, Jenkyn Place rosé, from the Surrey/Hampshire border and Nyetimber’s mulit-vintage rosé, this gift box will ensure Valentine’s 2021 is remembered long after the big day. The wooden box can be upcycled for a variety of uses – the lid turns into a cheeky little sign, perfect for the kitchen, while the box comes pre-drilled for drainage so it can be used as a plant box. A packet of seeds and hand-written note is also included.

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