Get the NYE party started with English Sparkling Wine.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or really don’t like wine, in which case what are you doing here?), then you’ll know that the debate about English Sparkling Wine is over. It is world class. So good in fact that heavyweight producers from Champagne itself have now planted vineyards in England.
Yet beyond a few of the biggest brands that you’ll find in some supermarkets, it can be hard to discover, taste and buy many of the best English Sparkling Wines.
That’s why Marasby has selected 5 of the best English Sparkling wines to pop this NYE. From tradtional method to Pet Nat it’s a stunning range to showcase the vibrant scene. And you can buy all of them on Marasby Market, direct from the winemaker, at the same price available at the vineyard itself. Brilliant!
1. Greyfriars Non-Vintage Sparkling Cuvée The Perfect English Sparkling Wine For Big NYE Parties.
This wine makes our Top 5 list whatever the season or the occasion. That’s because Greyfriars Non Vintage Sparkling Cuvée is one of the best value English Sparkling Wine going. At just £22 per bottle, it picked up a gold medal at 2023’s WineGB awards and smashes any similarly-priced Champagne far over the boundary rope. Estate grown and bottled in the Surrey Hills it fresh, delicate, and completely delicious. And that’s why it tops our list for English Sparkling wine for NYE. Read the Greyfriars story here.
Taste: Crisp, fresh and full of vibrant citrus and green apple fruit, with characteristic English minerality.
2. Everflyht Brut NV A Great Way To See In NYE.
Everflyht Brut is a beautifully elegant and complex non-vintage English sparkling wine, offering wonderful balance. It’s from a stunning Sussex vineyard and made by one of the UK’s most forward-looking, regeneratively farmed estates. To discover more, read Marasby co-founder Talya Roberson’s winery profile on Everflyht.
Taste: A wonderful balance between crunchy red apple skin aromas, richly rounded texture, and exceptionally fine bubbles. It’s great with or without food and is perfect to pop at midnight.
3. Oxney Organic For The Environmentally Conscious Party Goers.
Oxney is one of the very few producers making organic wine in the UK and it’s also a member of the Organic Soil Association. That’s reason enough to put it in our Top 5 English Sparkling Wines for NYE. But there are plenty more. It’s an absolutely delicious estate grown and bottled wine for under £30. You’d struggle to find an equivalent Champagne at the same price.
Taste: Oxney Organic Estate NV offers a crisp, sophisticated, yet approachable style of traditional method English sparkling wine, with flavours of red apple, pear and freshly-buttered toast.
4. Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2020 – A Classic English Sparkling Wine Gift For A NYE Party.
Gusbourne is the benchmark for English wine. Bring a bottle of this to the party and your host will know you are giving them something special. If you’re going to a big one, don’t be surprised if it’s snaffled away to be savoured at a more intimate occasion.
Taste: Gusbourne Estate describes their Brut Reserve 2020 at bright gold in colour, blending highlights of red fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry, which then develop into attractive fresh pastry notes with a touch of cinnamon and spice.
5. Squerryes Vintage Late Disgorged 2013 – An English Sparkling Wine For A Special NYE Party.
Squerryes Vintage Late Disgorged Brut 2013 is both fabulous rich and multi-layered from extended ageing, and yet vibrantly youthful with its characteristically English brisk acidity. It can be enjoyed now as an alternative to Dom Perignon or Krug, or tucked away in the cellar for at least another 5 – 8 years (and possibly much longer). We couldn’t think of a better way to see out the decade.
Taste: The multi-layered palate shows rich peaches and cream with toasted nuts, touches of brioche and a citrus pith cutting through to an exceptionally long finish.
And finally …
At the time of writing all our recommended English and Welsh sparkling wines are available to buy on Marasby Market, direct from the winemaker, at the same prices available at the vineyards themselves.
If you spot that something has gone out of stock when you’re reading this – let us know, and we’ll be happy to recommend an alternative.
Happy New Year. Here’s to health and happiness.