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July 18, 2017
Highdown is a West Sussex vineyard at Ferring, just west of Worthing. It has been owned and run by Aly and Paul Englefield since 2010. When they took the vineyard over, it was in need of plenty of love, care and attention, which they have duly applied.
The vineyard now produces award winning white, red and sparkling wines, alongside a successful functions business.
Aly takes the main role in the vineyard, having just completed her BSc in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton College, gaining honours in the process. Mark, who is one of Butler's current staff members, is also undertaking a Wine Production degree at Plumpton part time and he is currently attending Highdown to complete a college related Work Placement in his spare time. Aly is passing on her practical knowledge of how the vineyard operates.
Butlers currently stocks three of Highdown's range. Mother's Share is a crisp, dry white, being unusual in that it is one of very few still UK wines that are 100% Chardonnay.
It is a tricky feat to pull off a successful still wine with this varietal, but Highdown have managed it wonderfully well. It's packed with fresh fruit, has good mineral character and is a great example of how good a still English Chardonnay can be in the right hands. Sussex in a bottle!
Delicious and moreish. It was one of the best selling wines at Butlers English Wine Week event at Hove Lawns in May and gained great reviews.
It currently retails at £12.99 a bottle.....a true bargain. Butler's also sells Highdown's South Downs White, another fruit filled crisp dry white, this being a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Reichensteiner and Schonburger.
Fresh peaches, lemons, green apples all feature. Again great value at £11.49 a bottle. Finally, Butler's stocks the Miller's Reserve, which is a rose full of fresh strawberries and a hint of white pepper. Not sweet and cloying, just off dry.
Fabulous at £11.49 per bottle. This wine has won a Silver World Wine Award from Decanter Magazine.
Come and buy a true taste of Sussex and see how good English still wines can be!
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