Once Upon a Tree The Wonder

The Wonder & Blenheim SuperbAnother delightful first from Simon Day at Once Upon a Tree, this is the UK's first "ice" pear wine. Using techniques from the wine world, he froze the pear juice, concentrating it before fermentation. Simon chose Conference and Comice pears for their sweet yet subtle pear character, instead of traditional perry pears with their tannic character.

The result? A honeyed, medium perry with ripe dessert pear, spiced apples and apricot flavours and the texture of a light, sweet wine. Too alcoholic – 12° – to be classified as perry, this pear wine has beautiful complexity, a clean Conference pear finish with tangerine peel hints.

Chill very lightly, and partner with a light goats cheese salad, or desserts with sweet dried fruit, such as mincemeat and apple strudel. Simon is more adventurous: "pate, blue cheese or chocolate-based desserts".

The name comes from local landmark The Wonder, a huge landslip that occurred on the local Marcle Ridge in the 16th century that proved such a sight, it drew visitors from far and wide in the 19th century.

2000 bottles; 12%, £19.95/37.5cl, direct from Once Upon a Tree shop, online & a variety of stockists, see web

The latest vintage of Simon's delicious dessert cider is also now available. Blenheim Superb, 7.5%, £15.95/37.5cl.

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