English fizz, just keeps getting more and more popular and with over 700 Vineyards and around 133 wineries (all producing world class sparkling wine) in the UK at the moment, chances are there will be one close to you without you realising.
One of these family run wineries my daughter accidentally discovered having recently moved to Marlow Buckinghamshire when out for a stroll one afternoon she suddenly found herself walking amongst the immaculate rows of vines which she later discovered was in fact the Harrow & Hope vineyard.
Later I found out that Harrow & Hope was owned by Henry Laithwaite son of Tony Laithwaite the founder of ‘Laithwaite’s’ wine retailer who bought the vineyard in early 2010.
Unfortunately due to the current Corona Virus situation the winery was closed and still is. My daughter however, took it upon herself to take a chance and buy a bottle of the Brut Reserve as a present for my birthday and as it turned out it was a chance well worth taking.
Harrow & Hope Brut Reserve
If tasted blind up against top quality Champagne you would be pushed to tell the difference, not that we should be surprised as English sparkling wine in my humble opinion is now up amongst the best fizz in the world.
When I opened to share with family and poured the first glass I commented on how much I could smell the fabulous aroma even as I was pouring. Citrus fruits were prominent as well some toasty brioche and this was before getting my nose anywhere near the glass. In the glass bubbles were lively and didn’t subside. On first sip, apples (think toffee apples) and stone fruits hit you, there’s bright balanced acidity and minerality along with a biscuity, nuttiness, finishing off with a creamy texture.
Everybody who tasted it loved it and it’s a shame as I only got to finish one glass (greedy lot!) so looks like I’ll have to get some more as this is a top quality fizz as are a lot of English sparkling wines. I for one will be visiting their vineyard/winery when possible and I look forward to trying more of their wines.