Sharpham Sparkling Elderflower
I’m not normally a massive fan of elderflower bubbly which I generally find too sweet but I tasted one the other day from Sharpham vineyard that was in a different league.
It was drier than usual with a really delicate, natural elderflower flavour, more like elderflower champagne to which the drink was at one stage referred but perhaps more similar still to a pétillant naturel the gently fizzy wine that’s become so popular in natural wine circles. It even has the crown cap that is commonly used for pet nats.
The only snag is the price - at £14.95 a bottle it’s not cheap but good value for the quality and the perfect way to celebrate St George’s Day - or a summer wedding come to that. (At 5% it's a great low-alcohol option)
You can buy the 2018 vintage direct from their website - along with their delicious cheese - or, better still, pick it up from the vineyard just south-east of Totnes if you’re holidaying in South Devon this week. I suspect they don't have a great deal of it.
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