Lyme Bay Winery has announced the addition of a 2015 vintage Chardonnay to its highly acclaimed range of English still wines. The Devon-based winery is well-known for its award-winning English wines and ciders and believes that the recent success of the Chardonnay will further enrich its portfolio.
Lyme Bay Winery’s Chardonnay is a dry white wine enriched with subtle buttery and stone fruit flavours and mouth-watering aromas of peach turnover and honey. The wine also boasts a unique blend of Chardonnay and Bacchus grapes, which adds distinctive layers of flowers and pineapple to this full-bodied white.
Lyme Bay Winery’s Head Winemaker, Liam Idzikowski said: “The Chardonnay grape is recognised around the world for its high quality and versatility. English still wine Chardonnay is something of a rarity, so we were keen to show what we could do with this noblest of grapes. We started off with the best grapes we could find and have created a truly English Chardonnay with exceptional depth of character.”
Managing Director James Lambert added: “We have seen growing demand for premium English wines and are delighted to be adding Chardonnay to our award-winning range of English still wines. Still wines have always been a point-of-focus for us at Lyme Bay Winery, and our Chardonnay demonstrates the ability of English-made still wines to compete on the world stage.”
English wine has risen significantly in popularity in recent years due to warmer weather, an increase interest in local produce and an influx of experienced vintners coming to work in the UK.
Recent award successes, including winning Silver at the UK Vineyards Association’s Wine of the Year Competition 2016 for the new Chardonnay, have elevated Lyme Bay to become one of the most celebrated wineries in the country. Lyme Bay Winery’s wines are inspired by traditional recipes and created using modern production techniques.