Charmat of England.
Defining the new styles for sparkling wine from England, Silver Reign is brimming with white blossom, citrus, and orchard fruits. It is best enjoyed well-chilled while entertaining alfresco. Silverhand Estate has made its mark as the largest single organic vineyard in the UK, covering an area of more than 500 acres set in the heart of the Kentish countryside.
The intriguing estate name, Silverhand, is taken from ancient English history, before England was even England! King Ludd was a first-century King of the Trinovantes, one of the Celtic tribes of Pre-Roman Britain. Losing his hand in battle, he was stripped of his rank and position until a silver hand was made for him! It is he who founded London and was buried at Ludgate.
Silverhand Estate’s debut release, Silver Reign is a classic sparkling wine from the organically cultivated vines and is made using the Charmat method, the simplest and most widely used way to capture those delightful bubbles. These sparkling wines are bottled directly after secondary fermentation without additional aging, so the wines have a fresh and vibrant persona. The Charmat method dates from the late 18th century when it was developed by an Italian, Federico Martinotti, although it was Frenchman Eugene Charmat who refined the process and whose name its bears.
Silver Reign is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay; this is a fresh and fruity English sparkling wine suitable for vegans and vegetarians. This English Charmat is great value and an interesting alternative to Prosecco for those prefer a less sweet glass of fizz.
England now produces creditable sparkling wines, and they are enjoying international acclaim. Silver Reign has received numerous awards (including Winner Silver Medal at the London Wine Competition 2023) in recognition of its exceptional quality. It will be the perfect summer sipping choice for those looking for something a little different. Try as a pre-dinner aperitif or paired with light summer salads.