Cottonworth Rosé NV, Hampshire

Awards and Accolades

  • Gold - International Wine Challenge 2016

  • Silver - Decanter 2016

Cottonworth Rosé NV, Hampshire
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Hampshire's proving a hotbed of top English sparkling wine producers. England's first commercial winery is in the county, and now it boasts a wealth of top producers. So, what does Cottonworth bring to the table?

Our buyer, Gerald, has a well-known Master of Wine to thank for finding this addition to our growing English sparkling wine collection. He tipped Gerald off saying it was the 'best in the room' at a recent tasting. Having tasted it ourselves, we couldn't help but agree. It's an exceptional rosé sparkler.

Those grape varieties perfected in Champagne seem to be thriving on the chalk-based soils of the Test Valley too. Here it's the three 'P's': Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and the unusual Pinot Précoce (we hadn't heard of that one either).

Wow - very fruity! Incredible strawberry and cherry fruit, the like of which I’ve never tasted - still less in an English wine! This is thanks to the use of Pinot Précoce, apparently. So bright and ripe. Hard to say if it’s typically English, but I do love its boldness. 17/20 Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com
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Regular Price: £29.95

Special Price £24.95

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Percentage Alcohol

12.5

Region

Hampshire

Grape Variety

ArrayPinot Meunier, Pinot Noir

Country

England

Style

Light and Fruity Rosé

Food Match

ArrayCharcuterie, Chicken, Shellfish

Vegan

Vegan

Regular Price: £29.95

Special Price £24.95

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The Producer

Like so many English wine producers, Cottonworth was a typical farm before vines were planted. Four generations of the Liddell family had farmed their 1,000 acres in Hampshire's beautiful Test Valley before taking the leap with vines.

It takes enthusiasm and vision to make the best wines, especially in a marginal climate, and Hugh Liddell has both in spades. That initial foray has led to Cottonworth's enviable reputation as one of England's leading winemakers today.

There's a determination to just focus on what wines work really well rather than try to be all things for all people. By doing so, Cottonworth hopes their wines will truly reflect their unique terroir.

The Winemaker

Hugh Liddell, bitten by the wine bug, upped sticks and moved to Burgundy to learn from some of France's very best winemakers. Of course, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir he was learning how to handle there would be ideal varieties for the cooler climate back home in Hampshire. (Hugh still makes wine in Burgundy, with a Pommard and St Aubin under his belt.)

Studies at English winemaking school Plumpton College helped hone his skills. Fortunately too, Hattingley just down the road had spare capacity, so Hugh's teamed up with them and their winemaker Emma Rice to ensure the Cottonworth wines are as good as they can be.

The Region

Cottonworth's first vineyard plantings were back in 2005, with Hugh Liddell convincing his family there was potential in English sparkling wines. Since then they've grown to over 12 hectares. As the vines have matured, their roots have dug deep into the chalky soils, and that's why you're seeing Cottonworth's wines garnering more and more praise. Some things you can't hurry in winemaking and the age of the vines is a key factor.

The team planted rows facing a southerly direction, which sees the predominant winds help dry out both grapes and canopy faster, so preventing problems like mildew. They've also taken care to get the right mix of clones, giving good acidity, decent yields, and balanced flavours. All elements for great sparkling wines.

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Prawn Croquettes

A great snack or tapas dish, these prawn croquettes just need a glass of Cottonworth's sparkling rosé to set them off.
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Gorgonzola stuffed Chicken Breast wrapped in Pancetta

Cottonworth's English sparkling wine contrasts beautifully with the salty tang that the pancetta and cheese bring to the dish.
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Crab Cakes

The delicate crab meat pairs perfectly with Cottonworth rosé, which doesn't overpower the meat. There's ample fruit too to cope with those lovely crab flavours.
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