Chapel Pleck Sparkling Perry 2009

Chapel Pleck may be a new name for what was Ribston Lawn (seen here in the picture), but it’s the same delectable bottle-fermented perry inside. Created by emerging cider and perry maestro Simon Day at Once Upon a Tree, the good news is that this year’s harvest isn’t going to run out quite so quickly.

Simon Day with PerryWith a delicate fragrance of pears (strangely enough), there is the merest hint of brioche, an elegant light-to-medium palate, and a fine stream of lengthy bubbles. Its sparkle makes it fun as an aperitif with nibbles, but also good with cheese, light meat and fish.

Simon embarked on the pear trail having found an historic perry orchard at Ribston Lawn just four miles from Once Upon a Tree’s Dragon Orchard base in the cider and perry hotspot of Putley in Much Marcle. Making perry "is certainly more challenging than cider making" admits Simon, who adopted winemaking techniques including champagne yeast to launch his Blakeney Red perry pears down the sparkling route.

With a perry like this, it’s no surprise that Simon and wife Hannah won Cider & Perry Producer of the year in the Flavours of Herefordshire 2010 contest.

RRP: £10/70cl, available from Once Upon a Tree & other specialist & local stockists