Acidity levels make 2015 a year for UK sparkling wine

Chris Losh

Chris Losh

10 November 2015

High acidity levels mean that this year’s UK vintage looks set to be one for sparkling wine rather than still, according to UK wine guru Stephen Skelton MW.

A former director of the English Vineyards Association, writer of the UK Vineyards Guide, and consultant to numerous vineyards and wineries across the UK, Skelton told Imbibe that 2015 was ‘somewhere between 2013 and 2014’ in terms of style.

‘2013 was low sugar and high acidity; 2014 was high sugar and low acidity. This year we have high sugar and high acidity. The acidity means that it’s a vintage for longevity, especially for Chardonnay.’

Even as the calendar ticked over to November, many vineyards had not yet picked their Chardonnay fruit, but Skelton was unworried.

‘The fruit will hang – it looks clean,’ he said. ‘But it’s better for sparkling than still wine, and it’s not a red wine year.’

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