Majestic, Parcel Series English Fizz, wine review

Wine Review
Every Monday Tom Cannavan of wine-pages.com chooses a new wine of the week. For 12 March 2018: the Majestic, Parcel Series English Fizz. UK retailer Majestic has been launching small batches of ‘one-off’ wines under its Parcel Series label for decades. This single vineyard sparkling from Hampshire was made by Hambledon, a well-respected English sparkling wine producer, but apparently Majestic were forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement about the wines specific details before they were allowed to purchase all 7,000 bottles. So I know little about precisely where the fruit came from, how long it was aged, or the grape blend used. However there are obvious signs of maturity and considerable lees ageing, from the burnished gold colour, to the gently oxidative nose with its deep, baked apple pie and bruised pear aromas. I’d be very surprised indeed if this was not made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In the mouth there’s a lovely sweetness of fruit, suggesting a good, ripe base year for this, and enough dosage to add a flattering softness against the very good lemon meringue pie combination of acidity and fruitiness. It is a mature style – but that’s a style I personally love – and I would be very happy indeed to pick up a bottle or two at its £22.48 ‘mixed six’ price.

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