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A succession of hot summers has been causing havoc on the Continent; the drought depleted 2017 vintage saw the smallest aggregate grape harvest in France since 1945. Conversely, the same weather patterns seem to be benefitting British wine producers who have raised the qualitative bar to a level whereby they offer serious competition to Champagne. A case in point is the 'Smith and Evans Pinot Noir-Chardonnay' from Higher Plot Farm near Langport in Somerset. With uplifting brioche and apple aromas, a lively mousse and a persistent orchard fruit palate, it makes a terrific aperitif or partner to canapés.

Another cracking West Country fizz is Brian Shirley and Jacky Brayton's 'Sparkling Rosé' from Wraxall Vineyard in the south of the Mendip Hills. Made from bottle-fermented Pinot Noir and Seyval Blanc, it has a delicate coral-pink robe, wild strawberry scents and a red fruit palate offset by a fresh acidity.

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  1. Forest Hill Vineyard: 'Estate' Shiraz 2018
    Bottle
    £17.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £215.40
  2. Forest Hill Vineyard: 'Estate' Chardonnay 2018
    Bottle
    £17.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £215.40
  3. Jasper Hill: Occam's Razor Shiraz 2017
    Bottle
    £28.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £336.00
  4. Forest Hill Vineyard: 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Bottle
    £17.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £215.40
  5. Forest Hill Vineyard: 'Estate' Riesling 2019
    Bottle
    £17.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £215.40
  6. Jasper Hill: Georgia's Paddock Riesling 2018
    Bottle
    £28.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £336.00
  7. Smith and Evans: Pinot Chardonnay 2015
    Bottle
    £29.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £359.40
  8. Wraxall Vineyard Sparkling Rosé
    Bottle
    £27.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £335.40
  9. Jasper Hill: La Pleiade Shiraz 2014
    Bottle
    £46.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £555.00
  10. Jasper Hill: Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2017
    Bottle
    £47.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £570.00
  11. Jasper Hill: Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2015
    Magnum
    £99.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £594.00
  12. Jasper Hill: Georgia's Paddock Nebbiolo 2017
    Bottle
    £46.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £555.00
  13. Jasper Hill: Emily's Paddock Shiraz 2015
    Bottle
    £75.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £900.00
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