A trip to my favorite food hall, Fodder, always results in a basket full of rather naughty purchases and a credit card rather full of justifiable expenditure.
My latest excursion over to the dark side (read: Harrogate) was no exception.
One of my main reasons for shopping at Fodder is that all profit goes to fund the work of the registered charity, The Yorkshire Agricultural Society. A second reason is the fact that the Food Hall supports and stocks produce from over 325 farmers and small producers, mostly from Yorkshire.
Alongside staple Yorkshire classics such as pies and rhubarb, it is possible to pick up something slightly more exotic, Yorkshire wine. That’s right, wine made from grapes grown in God’s own county!
Set on south facing slopes at the foot of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds, Ryedale Vineyards is in fact the most northerly commercial vineyard in England.
At this point I must admit that I have tried a fair few English wines over the years and generally found them to be quite underwhelming. However, I decided to push my prejudices to one side and pick up a bottle of Ryedale Vineyard’s Wolds View, a dry white, to try at home.
So what does the label say?
“Wolds View 2014, a lovely all round dry white, excellent aperitif or light food wine. Bronze Medal Winner UKVA English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2014. A very clean off-dry wine with wonderful peachy aromas, crisp but well balanced acidity on the palate with good fruit flavours. Alcohol 10.5%.”
I tried this with my partner Des in our back garden on a very hot summers evening (context is always important I think!)
I personally found it extremely dry and busting with mineral notes, perhaps a bit of citrus in there too. It reminded me a lot of some of the whites we tried in Galicia, which often had a refreshingly salty note to them. The fruit notes were present, if not very subdued.
Generally though it was very drinkable, if not slightly too dry for my taste, but that’s a personal thing.
Des also picked up on the mineral notes, which he described as a hint of “rock salt”. He also thought it had a slight carbonation to it, something which I didn’t really pick up on, however he didn’t feel that this detracted at all from his enjoyment at all.
In fact his verdict was resoundingly positive, “overall I really enjoyed it and would certainly buy it again, however I am a fan of dry wines!”
For the price point, you can get superior bottles from the continent. However the premium for supporting a local business is well worth it and you certainly will not be disappointed by the quality!
Find it in Fodder:
Wolds View 2014, £11.95
(This is not a sponsored post. I just really like Fodder and wine!)