New wines at Melbury Vale

MELBURY Vale, the vineyard and winery just south of Shaftesbury, has been busy during the coronavirus lockdown, producing new wines, and helping customers by offering contactless pick-up at the winery.

The vineyard is run by brother and sister Glynn and Clare, Clare’s husband Joseph and Glynn’s partner Sarah. They are urging wine-lovers to follow the lead of the UK wine industry’s #englishwinenight campaign and continue to support locally made English wine by buying direct.

The new wines are the 2018 Exuberance Red Blend, which “is juicy and fruity but has great structure not often found in English reds,” and the Bacchus-based 2018 Elegance wine, recommended for those who like crisp, dry white wines!

The winery also has limited stock of Melbury Vale’s two English Sparkling wines, one Brut (Seyval Blanc grapes) and one Rosé (Seyval Blanc and Pinot Noir), as well as three new aromatised wines (aromatised wines are produced by steeping brandy and herbs, or herbs steeped in brandy or eau-de-vie in a white wine) and fruit liqueurs made from Dorset-wine spirit.