Chilford Hall


A few miles south east of Cambridge lie the vineyards of Chilford Hall. I’ve had a couple of bottles of their wines knocking around since the Beer Festival when I exchanged my staff beer tokens for wine. The first bottle I opened was the 2009 Blush – made from Schönburger, Müller-Thurgau, and Dornfelder grapes. It’s a light 11.5% and very fruity. Lots of berry and cherry smells and tastes, and very easy to drink. Rather nice stuff. Very good with veal.

The second bottle was the 2009 Chilford Hundred Medium Dry – Müller-Thurgau, Schönburger and Siegerrebe grapes this time. It was light and crisp, with appley notes. A good light green-ish colour too. Recommended, according to their website as a drinking wine – as opposed to what, I’m not entirely sure. I can attest, though, that we enjoyed drinking it both with food and on its own. Good to be reminded that good English wine both exists and is close at hand!

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