Plumpton The Dean Brut NV

This year's star from Plumpton College, the UK's viticultural centre of excellence in Sussex, The Dean Brut scooped a Gold at the 2011 South-East Vineyard Association Awards, and the President's Trophy for best small production (less than 1500 litres) in the 2011 English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition.

Plumpton The Dean Brut NVWith the right balance of fruit primarily from the 2008 harvest, this has had enough time to develop weight and some complexity, yet retains a charming vibrancy – a lovely mix of Braeburn apples and apricot flavours on the palate. There's not much bready autolysis there, but it still has good length.

Ideal as an aperitif, this also has the substance to accompany shellfish and lightly sauced fish and chicken dishes.

£20, available from the college direct, local Waitrose, Waitrose Direct, Butler's Cellar (Brighton), English Wine Centre (Alfriston), Middle Farm (Firle) & selected local stores. For full list, see handy Spring Portfolio on Plumpton web.