Double jubilation in our house this evening, as I have just had my WSET 3 exam (phew!) and the girl had just had her final GCSE exam! Could there be a better excuse to open an English Sparkling wine?
This is a 2014 Camel Valley – and a beautiful one, too. Lovely lemon biscuit on the nose, sour bread, citrus and baked apple. It aged really well, as it is very smooth despite the high acidity you usually get in an English sparkling. Everything feels like it had fallen into place. We loved it!
As we’re having some Indian curry tonight, decided to open a bottle we recently got in Alsace:
This is a Grand Cru Gewurtz from Kirchberg de Barr, Clos Zisser, by Maison Klipfel. We got it for about 18 Euros (I think) in the amazing Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg (well worth a visit, if you ever find yourself in Strasbourg! I posted about it here).
An off dry blowsy example, and we love it for it! Turkish delight and rose water on the nose, as well as apricot and cinnamon and some white pepper, too! The palate is rich and oily, but is held in check by a zingy orange zest acidity. It is floral, sexy and delicious. Or perhaps I’m just doolally from the exam, who knows! Either way, chin chin and a happy weekend, all!