What's this, guv'nor - a sparkling from England! Yes, it is, and this one from Ridgeview is their pinot noir dominant blend, as opposed to the Bloomsbury that is Chardonnay heavy. This one has more red fruits like strawberries and cranberries on the nose, with sniffs of baked bread. The palate is medium-bodied with a bit of sweetness up front, slight marzipan flavours, bright acidity, and a smooth, creamy fish. Try it with some smoked mackerel.
Like the majority of Champagnes, Cavendish is a blend of all three varieties dominated by the red fruits of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
A lovely golden straw colour and exceptionally fine bubbles. The nose is full with hints of red fruits. The pinot dominance brings depth and complexity to the palate with a long lasting finish, whilst the Chardonnay adds finesse and freshness. On early release the Cavendish is quite fruit focussed but will continue to develop more complex biscuit and bready characteristics over time.
Drink now or age for two to three years.
Wonderful accompaniment to white meats, seafood and canapés. The richness of the palate and the good acidity will compliment fatty or oily dishes such as lamb or smoked fish.
Awards and Accolades
Silver Medal - UKVA Wine of the Year Competition, 2010.