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Ashdown Winery Valley View

Ashdown Winery Valley View

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Ashdown Winery Valley View: A Toast to Sussex Chardonnay

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Sussex, Bluebell Vineyard Estate crafts a delightful expression of Chardonnay with their Ashdown Winery Valley View. This unoaked white wine boasts a captivating balance of fruit, subtle complexity, and refreshing acidity, making it a perfect choice for a variety of palates and culinary adventures.

Unveiling the Bouquet

The first embrace with Ashdown Valley View is an aromatic delight. Delicate notes of green apple and pear intermingle with hints of hazelnut, creating a fresh and inviting impression. As the wine opens up, whispers of creamy vanilla custard emerge, complemented by a touch of melon and a zesty lemon undercurrent. This interplay of aromas is a testament to the careful winemaking process, showcasing the essence of the Chardonnay grapes whilst maintaining a vibrant personality.

A Sip of Sussex Sunshine

The first sip of Ashdown Valley View delivers a burst of refreshing acidity, cleansing the palate and whetting the appetite. The flavours mirror the enticing bouquet, with crisp green apple and pear taking centre stage. Hints of hazelnut add a subtle textural intrigue, while the creamy vanilla custard lends a touch of richness without overwhelming the palate. The well-balanced acidity ensures a lively and engaging mouthfeel, making each sip a delightful exploration.

A Touch of Oak Influence?

While Ashdown Valley View is classified as an unoaked Chardonnay, some drinkers might perceive a subtle hint of oak on the finish. This is not due to actual oak ageing, but rather a result of the winemaking techniques employed. Lees stirring, a process where the dead yeast cells (lees) are gently agitated in contact with the wine, can impart a touch of creaminess and subtle toasty notes, sometimes mistaken for oak influence. This technique adds richness and complexity to the wine without compromising its unoaked character.

Food Pairings: A Culinary Canvas

Ashdown Valley View's versatility shines through when it comes to food pairings. Its refreshing acidity and balanced profile make it a perfect companion for a variety of dishes. Here are some delectable pairings to tantalise your taste buds:

  • Seafood Symphony: The vibrant acidity of Ashdown Valley View cuts through the richness of oily fish like salmon or tuna. Try pairing it with pan-seared salmon with a lemon dill sauce or grilled tuna with a fresh salsa.
  • Shellfish Celebration: The wine's minerality complements the delicate flavours of shellfish beautifully. Enjoy it with steamed mussels in a white wine broth or grilled scallops with a light lemon butter sauce.
  • Salad Sensations: Salads bursting with fresh greens, seasonal vegetables, and a light vinaigrette dressing find a perfect match in Ashdown Valley View. The wine's acidity enhances the flavours of the salad ingredients, creating a refreshing and flavourful symphony. Consider a goat cheese and roasted beetroot salad or a classic Nicoise salad.
  • Creamy Delights: The unoaked Chardonnay's subtle creaminess pairs well with creamy pasta dishes or risottos. Experiment with creamy mushroom risotto or a fettuccine with a light Alfredo sauce.
  • Cheeseboard Charmer:  Ashdown Valley View holds its own against a variety of cheeses. Opt for mild cheeses like goat cheese or ricotta, or explore semi-hard cheeses like Comté or Gruyère.

Beyond the Bottle: Exploring Bluebell Vineyard Estate

The story of Ashdown Valley View begins with Bluebell Vineyard Estate, a Sussex gem nestled amidst rolling hills and vibrant bluebell woods. Driven by a passion for creating world-class wines, the estate has established itself as a leading producer of English still and sparkling wines. Their commitment to sustainable practices and meticulous attention to detail are evident in every bottle, including the Ashdown Valley View.

A Toast to English Winemaking

Ashdown Valley View is a testament to the burgeoning English winemaking scene. This unoaked Chardonnay showcases the potential of Sussex grapes, delivering a delightful expression of fruit, freshness, and elegance. With its versatility and crowd-pleasing character, Ashdown Valley View is a perfect addition to your next meal or a delightful choice for a solo exploration of English Chardonnay. So, raise a glass and toast to the beauty of Sussex and the craftsmanship behind this captivating wine.

 

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