In 1990 one and a half acres of vines were planted on a portion of land in Boxted, near Colchester in Essex, known as Carter's Farm. The original intention was to plant a wild flower meadow but the soil was found to be too impoverished consisting of light loam, sand and gravel. However, the land sloped gently to the south and it was suggested that it would be suitable for vines which were duly planted. Varieties included Dornfelder, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Orion and Bacchus and after three years the first grapes were produced and transported to nearby Gifford Hall Vineyard to be made into Carter's Vineyards first vintage. Today the vineyards has been rebranded as Dedham Vale Vineyards and consists of 3 hectares, producing 25,000 bottles per year, all bottled on site. The award-winning Dedham Vale English Brut is a refreshing blend of Orion & Chardonnay grapes and is made in the Champenoise method. The perfect aperitif.
A pale gold in colour with a consistently fine mousse. On the nose aromas notes of lemon peel, lime and green orchard fruit. On the palate, dry and elegant with a vibrant acidity. Hints of green apple and pear. The finish is crisp and refreshing. Great with squid with chilli and clams, Chambéry trout poached with vermouth or a dozen flat Mersea Island oysters with a generous dash of Tabasco.