Spring Fling Sparkling Wines
8th April 2021
Spring is here and the flowers are blooming, it’s a great time to enjoy a glass of Sparkling Wine, especially one that won a Gold Medal in the Spring Fling category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020.
This year Spring started on Saturday the 20th of March and it will end on Monday the 21st of June, so we have some time to really take in and enjoy this season, to smell the blossoming flowers and to see the leaves return to the trees. If you end up finding one of those picturesque sites where it looks like a part of heaven here on earth, make sure to take a bottle of Spring Fling Sparkling Wine with you next time.
So what makes a Spring Fling Sparkling Wine?
Floral, blossom aromas and flavour that immediately hits the spot.
All of these Gold Medal Winners will have expressed floral aromas or flavours, like roses, white, yellow, blue or any other kind of flowers, whether it be a flower fully open or one just coming to life, they might have also some blossom aromas or in some rare wonderful cases, the beautiful aroma of standing in a florist.
So let’s meet these fabulous Spring Fling Sparkling Wines, first up we’ll see the Trophy Winner in the Spring Fling category, to the judges, this Sparkling Wine from Slovenia displayed the best characteristics for the Spring Fling category.
Istenič has one of those stories that inspire you to try, back in 1968 the family bought an abandoned farmhouse along with 0.1 hectares of vineyard, they produced their first Sparkling Wine using the traditional method, naming it after their daughter Barbara.
Fast forward to today, they now have an annual production of 200,000 bottles, Istenič is a highly respected and leading house in Bizeljsko in terms of both volume and quality, they’ve also taken home many awards including some medals from the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020 and with 11 bottles of Sparkling Wine to choose from, you’ll definitely find one that you love, you can also still buy a bottle of their Barbara Sparkling Wine that they started all those years ago.
Istenič – Gourmet Rose 2016 Tasting Notes
Aromas – “Strawberries, raspberries and pink floral aromas.”
Flavours – “Red berries and pink floral flavours.”
This Slovenian Sparkling Wine Won the Trophy for the Spring Fling Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020.
Champagne Roger Brun
Roger Brun, run by Philippe Brun, one of the greats, he a true lover of France, a kind man and a fantastic Champagne maker, if you’re ever in France, his winery is for sure one place you need to visit, after you book and then turn up, you’ll be tasting award-winning Champagnes and enjoying some interesting stories.
If you want to know what it’s like then you can check out our Trip To Champagne Roger Brun where we spent unforgettable moments with Philippe Brun
This bottle from Champagne Roger Brun, the Romance, is a fantastic bottle to enjoy one date and with Spring Fling characteristics, now is a perfect time to enjoy it with someone.
Champagne Roger Brun Romance Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Raspberries and strawberries on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Dry strawberries and soft red berry fruits on the palate.”
Zidanca Slovenec is another award-winning Slovenian Sparkling Wine, with a wonderful label for the Spring Fling category.
Slovenian is a beautiful country with the world’s oldest vine at over 400 years old, over 10,000 caves and the capital Ljubljana which translates into ‘The Loved One’.
Zidanca Slovenec – Penina Slovenec Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Fresh yellow fruits, yellow floral, pineapple and citrus on the aroma.”
Flavour – ” Very light and fruity. silky pineapple, floral and yellow fruity expression on the palate.”
Bolney Wine Estate
Located just 14 miles from the south coast on the edge of the South Downs in Sussex, Bolney Wine Estate is a private, family owned business, it comprises of five unique vineyard sites and their head winemaker, Sam Linter is the daughter of the founders, Janet and Rodney.
When Janet and Rodney originally founded Bolney Wine Estate they first called it Bookers Vineyard.
Bolney Wine Estate – Classic Cuvée NV Magnum Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Orchard fruits, yellow floral and honey on the aroma.”
Flavour – ” Delightful fresh fruitiness, freshly picked garden apples, herbaceous including mint, star fruit and more.”
Champagne Faniel & Fils
Champagne Faniel & Fils is located in the heart of Cormoyeux, a small rustic village in Marne, the winery is owned and run by Mathieu Faniel the winemaker, a brilliant man who has a great Champagne winery to show you around. When we visited we took a tour and went down into his cellars going under the beautiful church next door and then venturing across the street into his newest cellars, seeing the massive amount of space and stock that he has available to share with the world.
You can check out our Trip To Champagne Faniel et Fils and see whether you want to add it to the list of Champagne houses you wish to visit, I recommend it.
Champagne Faniel & Fils – Oriane Brut Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Soft peach skin and walnut aromas.”
Flavour – “Fresh white/yellow fruit in flavour with a dry length/close.”
Bisol has been around for 5 centuries since 1542 and has had 21 generations creating great tasting wine, the only time Bisol was interrupted was during the First World War, the Valdobbiadene territory (where Bisol is located) laid right on the battle lines between the Austrian-Hungarian forces and their opponents, the Italians, but in 1920 they were back on track.
The Prosecco region has some of the most spectacular views and when enjoying a glass of Prosecco, being in the vineyard and with the owner makes the whole experience that much more spectacular, It is really something to put on your bucket list, A visit to Bisol Prosecco
Bisol – Cartizze DOCG Dry 2019 Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Peach, pear and a touch of sea breeze on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Peach, pear and a touch of pineapple on the palate with a creamy citrus and lemon sherbet length.”
That concludes our list for Gold Medal Spring Fling Sparkling Wines, you can also find our Silver and Bronze Spring Fling Winners Here. Thanks for reading this article and enjoy the rest of your day!
WSET 2 Journalist focused on sharing Champagne and Sparkling Wine reviews and cocktails to the world.