In England, our vineyards can do good sparkling consistently,no problem. White wines in my experience, are 50% bang on delivering high quality and 50% are simply not. A good red wine pops up once every few years from the odd vineyard that is of any consequence.
The holy grail in English wine making is producing a red consistently.The maxim is if you can produce a crackingly good red then you can easily produce quality whites and sparkling. But not all vineyards that produce top sparkling wines can produce a decent red.
Matthew Jukes of the Daily Mail confirmation that Maud Heath’s 1st red ‘Tytherton Red’ was to date, simply England’s finest red.It was also the only English red listed by Marks and Spencer . The 2nd ‘Tytherton Red’ just released this Christmas 2017 is another stunning example of a quality English red.
Not only this, when you take into account that in spite of the worst weather conditions the English and Northern French vineyards have suffered in 30 odd years, Maud Heath Vineyard has successfully harvested a full yield of quality grapes that are now being used to make the third stunning red in a row. (The Severe frost that took out the budding of most vines, in April 2017, hardly touched this vineyard…)
In 2015 I predicted that this vineyard will be the first to produce a quality red every single year…… The Holy Grail of English wine making ……… This surely now goes to The Maud Heath Vineyard, with three quality reds in a row.
Of all the fields in all of England, who would have thought this field two miles down the road from The New Wine Shop in Calne, would have this claim to fame.
What I love about The Maud heath vineyard story, is it’s the David and Goliath story line, the big boys with all their money etc should have been able to claim this ‘producing a great red every year’ title but it has gone to a hard working family, slowly but surely, doing one of the hardest things to do in my mind which is growing a successful vineyard on a budget.
Their facebook page is Maud Heath vineyard