It’s a while since we carried out our first expert tasting panel, where the Carr Taylor Sparkling Brut 2008 went down a treat. High scores from all the judges put this wine through without doubt, and we are pleased to finally get the Carr Taylor page and their wine live on the site.
Based near Hastings, in East Sussex, David and Linda Carr Taylor were one of the first commercial vineyards in England to produce a sparkling wine. Over the years, recognition has not escaped Carr Taylor’s wines including numerous medals from from the IWC, IWSC, and regional and national vineyard association awards. Still very much a family-run organisation, David and Linda’s son Alex now manages the processes in the vineyard and makes the wine himself.
The vineyard itself covers 37 acres and they access grapes from other local sites to create a range of still and sparkling wines, as well as fruit wines and cider. The climate and topography is perfectly suited to the growth of grapes, with gentle slopes set on the southern edge of the Sussex Weald. If you’d like to visit Carr Taylor’s Vineyard, they receive visitors all year round, for guided visits and tutored tastings, but also allow people to wander the vineyards themselves.
The Carr Taylor Sparkling Brut 2008 is a delight to drink. A very accessible wine, the appearance is pale golden, and has a steady stream of bubbles. The nose is scintillating, with floral elements reminiscent of the Argentinan Torrontes wines, and slight hints of biscuit and butter. The palate is fresh and fruity, with a nice sweetness making it to the sweeter end of the brut scale. It could perhaps be paired with light curries..? A very appealing wine that is delicious to drink, and at £16.86, a very pleasing price too!