(2023) Bewl Water Vineyards pick out flavours of citrus, elderflower and white peach in their description of this wine. That's accurate, and could also describe many Sauvignons Blanc, which is very apt as there's more than a hint of Marlborough about this Sussex wine. Specifically, lemon rind, elderflower and a touch of reduction kick things off before the palate develops that peachy and ripe, slightly exotic fruit character. It's a wine with a bit of richness, but a zipping zest in the finish.
(2023) Winner of a gold medal at the WineGB awards, this is a blend of the three main Champagne varieties, part barrel fermented, and aged 24 months on the lees. There's a vivid lemony directness here, smoothed by a little biscuit and some delicate floral notes. The mousse is creamy, and again the lemony thrust of the wine offers plenty of bite and crispness, but it fleshes out mid-palate before a vivid and long, citrus finish.
(2017) Some people 'own-label' wines carry a certain stigma, but The Wine Society's Exhibition range is made by some of the world's best producers, and members can see past the label with ease. Proving yet again how English sparkling wine has really come of age, this Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier blend is gorgeous: light brioche and pastry aromas mix with citrus and a touch of English hedgerow flowers and fruits, before the palate fills with a creamy, textured mousse, more of that biscuity hint of richness and a dazzling sweet fruit and crisp acid combo that extends this through to a crystal clear, but very easy-drinking finish. Stylish to the nth degree and good value. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.