5 tasty Dorset wines
PUBLISHED: 16:11 06 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:51 22 February 2018
Mark Banham from Morrish & Banham wine merchants in Dorchester selects wines from two of his favourite Dorset vineyards
Furleigh Estate Classic Reserve 2010 - £26.99
A blend of 60% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier, it has ripe, bright citrus fruit and a delicious soft mouthfeel, a result of extended lees ageing. Ideal as an aperitif or partnered with a creamy pasta dishes.
Furleigh Estate Bacchus Dry 2014 - £12.99
Bacchus is a variety which excels in England and is a crossing of Slivaner x Riesling x Muller Thurgau, because of its exuberant character it is sometimes described as “English Sauvignon Blanc”. Expect gooseberry and passionfruit flavours balanced by ripe citrus acidity. Try with goats’ cheese or asparagus.
Furleigh Estate Sea Pink 2014 - £12.99
This wonderful raspberry coloured dry Rosé is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Noir and 45% Rondo. On the nose and palate it shows a lovely strawberry and cream character and is ideal as an aperitif on a warm summers day or a perfect partner for delicious Dorset Charcuterie from Capreolus Fine Foods.
Blanc de Blanc 2013, Bride Valley Vineyard - £29.99
This is 100% Chardonnay hand selected from south facing slopes. After fermentation, it has an extended period of lees ageing. The nose is light, bright with pure mineral notes. The palate is fresh with citrus notes and creamy, soft mousse – a perfect aperitif.
The Rose Bella 2013, Bride Valley Vineyard - £29.99
The Pinot Noir grown at Bride Valley offers great crushed raspberry aromas and flavours as well as a perfect pink hue. The period of lees ageing contributes a subtle creamy note. A wonderful aperitif in summer or with canapés.
All these wines are available at Morrish & Banham, Brewery Square, Dorchester.