IEWA GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Lady Elizabeth vintage 2016 was first released to the open market in January 2020. The fruit came from a reduced yield following a difficult year with tough growing conditions. After a couple of spring frosts we had a very poor July and August but then some stunning September and October days. With the vines carrying less fruit, what berries there were ripened beautifully and we had a dry harvest with lovely clean fruit.
This is perhaps the most obvious of the vertical tasting, having a huge amount of mouthfeel and dramatic red fruit at the front of the palette. There is still a wonderful citrus edge with lemon sherbet dancing on your tongue. as the mousse subsides, so you get the creamy strawberries and rhubarb.
WHAT THE PRESS SAID:
“Pure and sharply defined as a raspberry cut from crystal……..this 2016 is a pristine gem”
Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday @ollysmith
The wine is fun, joyful and full of charm, elegance and clarity. Its a beautiful wine, with this ripe, crunchy red fruit character, floral and with a zesty and rhubarb aroma on the nose. Its medium bodied on the palate with an elegance, charm and clarity that I really, really enjoy.
Charles Carron-Brown, Head Sommelier at Henrock by Simon Rogan @thenaturalsommelier
I enjoyed this Lady Elizabeth 2016 sparkling rosé on Friday night along with two other excellent bottles of fizz; Moet Vintage and Louis Roederer Brut NV, both of which are real favourites of mine. But this extremely pretty pink totally sang and stood out. I’d go so far as to call it pink perfection. The red berry fruit was so pure and distinctive but crisp and not squashy and the acidity was present but in the background so that all you remember is the summer pudding fruit notes of redcurrants and raspberries. It looks the business and tastes the business.
Sam Caporn MW @themistressofwine
Featured here is a truly amazing example of what an English sparkling rosé can be. Lady Elizabeth shows red berries, hedgerow flowers and peach. Delicate, yet complex with finesse. A perfect wine to share with a loved one.
Emerging Vines @emergingvinesuk
Perhaps the sleekest bottle in English wine right now, there’s something quite alluring about pulling on the tab on the neck foil to unwrap this wine’s charms. This is 100% Pinot Noir and is a joyous celebration of the grape. Lady Elizabeth proves once again to be an intoxicating bottle, with fragrant aromas of red cherry, strawberry and raspberry.
The palate sings on this wine too, with a clean cranberry and redcurrant bite that leads to the promised ripe raspberry and cherry goodness. I picked up a slight savoury note – a hint of black pepper and perhaps star anise. This is another food-friendly option, and I can see it pairing well with something like roast lamb.
John Mobbs @greatbritishwine
This is exactly the style of sparkling rosé I love to have with a memorable meal. If you’re looking to celebrate with something truly luxurious this lockdown, Coolhurst should be your go-to. I already know I’m having lobster on the big day, and the fruit and acidity from this wine will pair perfectly.
Corinne O’Connor, Winemaker @thecorinneoconnor
KEY AROMAS AND FLAVOURS TO SEEK OUT
rhubarb, strawberry, red cherry, raspberry, redcurrant, nectarine, tangerine
hedgerow flowers, lemon sherbet, black pepper
DOSAGE 7 g/l