21/08/2016 – Lyme Bay, Shoreline 2014

(2016) Focused on dry wines rather than sparkling, Devon's Lyme Bay vineyard has burst onto the scene spectacularly with its first two vintages, picking up a clutch of major awards. This top white cuvée is an unusual blend of Seyval Blanc, Bacchus and Pinot Noir, aged on the lees but without oak. It's a hugely piquant wine, overflowing with zesty aromas, hints of the English hedgerow and preserved lemon. It reminds me instantly of Japanese food strangely, blending sweet and sour, pickled and fresh flavours in the mouth, real fireworks with a terrifically punchy line of acidity to dry and extend the finish in a most tantalising way. Superb stuff, and watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.

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