Flint Vineyard, Charmat Rose 2021 – Reserve Wines

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    Flint Vineyard, Charmat Rose 2021

    A sprightly English Sparkling rose bursting with strawberries and cream. But it’s not just all fruit: there is a slight praline nuttiness in the background, which gives the wine some complexity.

    On the palate it is crisp and crunchy and still full of red fruits. It is both easy drinking yet structured and serious enough to make a fine apéritif. Sassy, summery and fun.

    Flint were the first English producer to begin to make wine using the Charmat method, which is now becoming widely recognised as a style that is very much suited to England's climate.  Initially it was a bit of an experiment for them, but winemaker Ben seems to have stumbled upon a winning recipe, predominantly using four intensely aromatic German grape varieties (Solaris, Reichenstiner, Cabernet Cortis and Rondo). They are all pressed very gently immediately after picking and fermented with aromatic yeast strains. A small portion of the wine is then aged in oak barrels and then Ben stirs the lees (yeast sediment) every week to encourage texture and complexity not normally found in Prosecco style wines.

    England, Norfolk