I used about half of this bottle from Cambridge Wine MerchantsÂ for a recipe that I was test-drivingÂ a few weekends ago for MasterChef finalist Alex Rushmer who, amongst other things, is about to open a new restaurant somewhere in Cambridge – recently revealed as The Hole in The Wall in Little Wilbraham.
It seemed a shame to waste the rest, and as the weather was so good that day, we sat in the garden and finished it off.
On pouring, it frothsÂ and foams enthusiastically; the nose is spritzy, lightly fruity with Conference pears and a slight seaside tang.
The palate shows more pear fruit, ripe, rounded acidity and some complex, citrus sweetness; the finish is dry, balanced and lingering.
Overall, it is refreshing, elegant and balanced; it does not gain particularlyÂ in complexity with air – rather, it remains straightforward and up-front, and impresses by being well-made and more-ish rather than through, say, the diverse flavours and aromas one finds in a good Champagne.
It alsoÂ costs a lot less than a good Champagne, too.
The weather has been a little mixed in Cambridge since that day, but when the sun returns, this is just right for sitting in the garden.
La Delfina Special Cuvee Prosecco Â£8.49 from Cambridge Wine Merchants.
Cambridge Wine Merchants – http://www.cambridgewine.com/
Alex Rushmer – http://alexrushmer.com/
Copyright Tom Lewis 2011
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