Reviewed by Cath Joyce
It can be difficult choosing the perfect gift for your Mum for Mother’s day but in my experience traditional gifts like alcohol always go down well – especially with my Mum!
Champagne is a popular gift but most people I know, whilst they love the idea of receiving a bottle of champagne, do actually prefer an alternative sparkling wine as they find champagne a little dry. Not only do they prefer the taste of sparkling wine it is often much kinder to their purse. If you are looking for a special bottle of sparkling wine for a gift then you won’t go far wrong with a bottle of Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014. At £35 it is at the top end of the sparkling wine bracket but not as expensive as champagne and after trying a bottle this evening I am sure any Mum would be thrilled with your choice.
The Jenkyn Place vineyards nestle in a sunny south facing slope in Hampshire and are looked after by Simon Bladon and his daughter Camilla. What was previously an award winning hop garden now sees Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir vines dipping their toes in many soils. Greensand for elegance and marlstone and chalk for complexity and depth.
The Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014 is made from a blend of 52% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier grapes and according to Jenkyn Place is “no ordinary rosé.” Apparently 2014 was a fantastic vintage, they picked most of the Pinot Noir very late from the ripest parcels in the vineyard and then fermented the wine on its skins to extract extra colour and flavour. The remaining Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes were picked earlier and pressed lightly at low temperatures so as to keep their fragrant delicacy and then aged in stainless steel for 7 months. I’m not a wine expert but this all sounds very impressive and I feel the level of care taken by the producers is reflected in the flavour, I shared this bottle with my Mum and sister and we all agreed it is a quality wine.
The bottle is nicely packaged in an attractive cardboard box, again adding that luxury feel and making it a lovely gift to give to a loved one. The cork was reasonably easy to take out and made a nice pop when I removed it. Luckily I opened it over the sink as it did spill a little but this is all part of the fun of a bottle of fizz. The wine is pale pink in colour and fizzed up nicely in my tall flute, there were plenty of bubbles which popped satisfyingly on my tongue when I started to drink it.
The producers mention aromas of freshly baked brioche and preserved lemons, plus rosehip and redcurrant. My palate is perhaps not sensitive and experienced enough to distinguish all these flavours but I could definitely make out the redcurrant and rosehip. The wine is light and refreshing and I can see me enjoying this with a group of girlfriends in the garden on a pleasant sunny afternoon.
I really enjoyed this wine and it would make a lovely gift for any Mum this Mother’s Day.
Available to buy from Elizabeth Rose Wines here.