Rondo, Dornfelder * 75cl * 12.5% ABV * Sussex, England
Bolney Estate was planted in the early 1970s on the edge of the South Downs and is now one of England's premier wine producers. The company is still family-run, with Sam Linter, daughter of founders Janet and Rodney, heading up the winemaking team. The focus with all their wines is to create a fruit-driven, linear and very English style. Whilst the English climate can sometimes struggle to sufficiently ripen red grapes, there is no trouble ripening the German varieties Rondo and Dornfelder, which are suited to cooler temperatures. This is remarkably soft and fruity, and its plummy, slightly spicy character will go beautifully with a traditional Sunday roast.