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English Rosé Season: Pink fizz to try this spring 

With Mother’s Day and Easter Bank Holiday weekend, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate this month!

Bolney Bubbly Rose NV, West Sussex 

A blend of 44% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier, 23% Dornfelder and 8% Rondo this is the freshest and fruitiest of my selection. It’s a fun ‘party’ wine that’s a real crowd pleaser so perfect for sharing with family and friends.

£31, Bolneywineestate.co.uk 

Langham Rose NV, Dorset 

A blend of 59% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Meunier, while this sparkling rosé is non-vintage it has a base vintage from 2019 (82%).

Deliciously fruity, sweet and biscuity on the nose, the strawberry and raspberry carry through on the palate with a dry, sherbety finish thanks to a dosage of just 2g/l. One of my favourite NV styles. 

£34.95, Langhamwine.co.uk 

Roebuck Rosé de Noir 2017, West Sussex  

Crafted from a blend of 79% Pinot Noir 19% Pinot Meunier and 2% Pinot Précoce made from grapes grown at Roebuck’s vineyards in Petworth, Bignor and Lurgashall and part fermented in old Burgundian barrels, of the four wines here, it’s spent the longest on lees.

This wine has real depth of flavour with plenty of fresh strawberry and pink grapefruit on the nose with lots of red berry fruit coming though on the palate and a touch of nuttiness. Yum! 

£42, roebuckestates.co.uk 

Rathfinny Rosé, 2018 East Sussex 

For me, Rathfinny rosé is a winner year after year. Their 2018 vintage is the most Pinot Noir dominant they have made (81% with 13% Chardonnay and 6% Pinot Meunier) and I love it!

The nose is fruity, zesty and creamy and the palate, wonderfully red fruit heavy with a slight peppery zing. The 2018 vintage is no longer available at the cellar door but the latest 2019 vintage is.

£43, rathfinnyestate.com 

The Pig Lobster Shed Pink, 2018

Another from that stellar 2018 vintage, this sparkling rosé has been made by Dermot and Ana Sugrue of award-winning winemaker Sugrue South Downs from grapes grown at their Bee Tree Vineyard near Haywards Heath. Grapes from The Pig in the South Downs very own vineyard, harvested just last year, have also been sent there for the Sugrues to work their magic.

The LSP wine is packed with wild red fruit flavour and buttery pastry thanks to four and a half years spent on lees and is exceptional drunk on its own, or if you want push the boat out, with lobster!

Available at The Pig Hotels, £17 per glass, thepighotel.com