5 local Cornish wines to try for English Wine Week
English wine is officially having a moment so head to Falmouth's Kernowine to top up your glass with a drop from one of these local Cornish vineyards.
Falmouth’s Kernowine is a neighbourhood wine bar, open year round, serving up coffees, cocktails and sharing boards alongside wines from Cornwall as well as further afield in the bar and shop. Co-owner Del has given us his Cornish recommendations.
Camel Valley Rosé Brut (sparkling rosé) £37
Camel Valley is one of Cornwall’s oldest vineyards with the first vines planted way back in 1989. It has now received Sustainable Wines of Great Britain (SWGB) certification – one of only 12 in the UK and the only one in Cornwall. They also became the first English wine producer to be granted a royal warrant in 2018.
The grapes for this sparkling Pinot Noir were crushed to retain more of the special fruit characters that are unique to grapes grown in Cornwall. The by-product of this is a delicate pink colour. Made using the traditional Champagne method, this wine retains delicate fruit aromas and fresh yeasty character – a really individual Cornish style in the best possible way. Characteristic aromas of wild strawberries and raspberries, very well balanced with a pure, refreshing finish. Mouth-watering.
Bosue Vineyard Brut, 2018 (sparkling white) £29
Owned and run by Paul and Liz Sibley with family help, Bosue Vineyard is situated about one mile from The Lost Gardens of Heligan on the south coast of Cornwall outside St Austell. The south facing slopes and mild Cornish climate perfectly suit the varieties of Rondo, Regent, Solaris, Johanniter, Phoenix and Orion Grapes.
This sparkling wine is made from 25% each of Orion and Phoenix and 50% Johanniter grapes.
Trevibban Mill, Harlyn (still white) £18
Engin and Liz Mumcuoglu saw some land for sale just outside Padstow in 2008 and – after getting advice from Camel Valley – decided to plant a vineyard. They planted 11,000 vines and a 1,700 strong apple orchard and the rest, as they say, is history. The land slopes into the Issey Valley mostly facing southeast. The soil is shillet (free draining sandy loam) full of slate with a little spa stone, and is very thin, only 30cm deep in places, sitting on solid slate. Trevibban Mill opts for quality and sustainability over production and doesn’t use any herbicides.
This is an off -dry, aromatic white wine blend from Trevibban Mill, just outside Padstow. It has aromas of jasmine, elderflower, candy floss and mint with honeysuckle on the palate. It is a blend of Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay and Orion and will pair well with Thai Green Curry or Gorgonzola cheese.
Polgoon, Bacchus 2021 (still white) £18
Polgoon is an award-winning, artisan vineyard and winery based in Penzance, located on the hills overlooking Mounts Bay, Cornwall. Established in 2004, Polgoon has always strived to produce outstanding quality still and sparkling English wines.
The grapes are hand harvested, the bunches are de-stemmed and pressed immediately into tank where they add the yeast that turns the juice into wine. This is a single variety wine made from the Bacchus grapes. Full of character with exuberant aromas of lime zest and freshly cut grass on the nose. This wine pairs well with fresh Cornish fish dishes.
Knightor, Carpe Diem (still red) £20
Knightor Winery outside St Austell makes premium quality, limited production wines from grapes grown in English vineyards and their own vines at Portscatho and Seaton on the south Cornish coast. They planted their first vines in 2007 and made their first wine in 2010.
Carpe Diem Red is lightly oaked, youthful and fresh. The nose is full of ripe berry characters such as cherry and strawberry, yet the Regent also provides it with crushed black pepper, spice and a little blackcurrant leaf. An easy drinking medium bodied, food friendly red with good tannins and structure.
Want to try them all? Head to Kernowine in Falmouth where you can taste a sample flight for £15.
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