2017 Coleridge Hill White, Three Choirs Vineyards, Gloucestershire, England

International Wine Challenge, 2015: Bronze,  Decanter World Wine Awards, 2011: Bronze,  International Wine Challenge, 2011: Commended,  International Wine Challenge, 2009: Commended

A crisp, refreshing wine with distinctly English hedgerow aromas and hints of crisp apple, fragrant elderflower and freshly cut grass. The ripe fruit flavours, balanced acidity and subtle residual sugar combine to create a refreshing wine, perfect on its own or with fish dishes.  Very pale, the nose is not dissimilar to Loire sauvignon, with grassy and nettley notes and hints of elderflower.  The palate is quite powerful, bone dry and very refreshing.

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2017 Coleridge Hill White, Three Choirs Vineyards, Gloucestershire, England

A crisp, refreshing wine with distinctly English hedgerow aromas and hints of crisp apple, fragrant elderflower and freshly cut grass. The ripe fruit flavours, balanced acidity and subtle residual sugar
combine to create a refreshing wine, perfect on its own or with fish dishes.  Very pale, the nose is not dissimilar to Loire sauvignon, with grassy and nettley notes and hints of elderflower.  The palate is quite powerful, bone dry and very refreshing.

The story starts in 1973 when local wine retailer Alan McKechnie started harvesting the vines on his small fruit farm. With a little help from the 1976 record summer temperatures and bumper harvest, his small fruit farm begun to expand. After nurturing it for 11 years, Alan sold up in 1984 due to poor health and the new owner, John Oldacre, invested heavily in the venture. As a result, the 1/5th hectare vineyard gradually grew to its current size of 30 hectares.

John choose the name Three Choirs Vineyards after a local Three Choirs Choral festival which was held between the cathedral cities of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester. In 1990, we opened a new state of the art winery, along with a visitor centre for the increasing number of visitors. As the popularity of the restaurant increased, 8 bedrooms were added in 2000 so guests could enjoy the beauty of the vineyards, with a further 3 lodges boasting incredible views of the vines in 2008. John Oldacre died in 2001 and the company largely remains in the hands of his family.

With around 80 acres, Three Choirs is one of the larger vineyards in the country. It is also one of the most long-established, being first planted in 1973 (first vintage 1976). Three Choirs continues its innovative wine production, with a number of acres set aside as an experimental vineyard, planting new varieties and monitoring their success. It is from here that a number of new varieties now more widely grown first emerged. Three Choirs lies within a unique microclimate, sheltered by the Malverns and the Brecon Beacons. It has an average rainfall of 20 inches per annum. The temperature controlled winery houses all stainless steel tanks, with warm room for red wines and French and American oak barriques. Winery improvements are paying dividends especially for red wines, but also for their wide range Quality still wines and sparkling white wines, which are their traditional mainstay. Three Choirs makes a lot of still and sparkling wine for nearby vineyards and those farther afield.

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