Matthew Jukes, Vineyard Magazine, Feb 2020.
"This is a remarkable wine. Served blind I cannot believe that anyone would think it came from Dorset and I would venture that most tasters would head straight to Chablis for their answer. This only underlines what a special site Bride Valley is and how prescient Steven and Bella Spurrier were when they planted vines on their property. This is a stunning chardonnay with more precision and poise than you could possibly expect."
Jancis Robinson Wine Review 16.5/20.
"Dorset. Picked from vines that are not yet nine years old on the last day of the harvest (late October) and this is the first vintage in which Steven and Arabella Spurrier felt the grapes were ripe enough (11.5% potential alcohol and not chaptalised) to make a still wine. There was a little bit of botrytis included, though any bunches that were more heavily affected were left out.
Unoaked but with about four to five months on lees. Screwcap. Delicately fragrant nose of creamy/leesy citrus and green-apple freshness, almost a touch of the hedgerow blossom that seems to show on quite a few English wines. With air, it shows a rather nice steely quality as well and a touch of clementine (the botrytis?). On the palate, this has good weight and depth of fruit to balance the high acidity. There is certainly a touch of richness that is more like clementine than lemon. Layered and impressively long with just a hint of spiciness on the finish even though there is no oak. I think this is going to get even better with another few months in the bottle (it was even better the day after opening) and should age nicely over a few years. Long, cool, creamy finish and wonderfully tangy fruit purity." (JH) Julia Harding MW.
Fine bright yellow with green tints, nose
showing some florally and white summer
fruits, more depth of fruit than expected
on the palate, attractively open for a very
cool climate and the Granny Smith acidity
refreshes the finish, definitely
“Burgundian” with a good year or two in
front of it.