A WINEMAKER has combined with a gelato maker to create a rosé flavoured sorbet.

West Dorset producers the Furleigh Estate, based at Salway Ash, near Bridport, and Baboo Gelato, based at West Bay, have created a Sea Pink rosé sorbet. It derives from Sea Pink, a still fry rosé, which has just been released by the Furleigh Estate.

A blend of 50 per cent pinot noir and 50 per cent rondo, Sea Pink has a stunning crushed cranberry colour with long legs.

Floral scents of peony mingle with summer berries including raspberry, red cherry, loganberry and a hint of rosehip. The palate is bursting with flavours of sun-ripened soft red fruit alongside redcurrant and cranberry with a dash of uplifting acidity – a delicate reflection of British summer in a glass.

Rebecca Hansford, who co-owns and runs Furleigh Estate with her husband Ian Edwards, said: “We’re delighted to introduce Sea Pink just in time for the season of sunshine, sporting events and summer festivities across the UK. Succulent strawberry meets juicy pomegranate with a hint of fresh blackcurrant to deliver a fruity punch which bursts into life on the palate. ‘Sea Pink’ shows great depth of flavour, excellent vibrancy on the finish and works extremely well as the core ingredient of Baboo Gelato’s Sea Pink Rosé Sorbet.”

Baboo Gelato Sea Pink Rosé Sorbet is available in 500ml pots with an RRP of £6 from selected farm shops across the south west. Annie Hanbury, Baboo Gelato’s founder, suggests serving it with seasonal summer berries, ripe peaches or melon, or simply on its own with some almond biscotti.

South west wine expert and educator, Rebecca Mitchel DipWSET, worked with Rebecca and Ian to find the perfect food pairing for Sea Pink, deducing it is perfect served chilled with sustainably sourced seafood such as prawns, langoustines, lobster or fresh local crab.

Its versatility means it is also delicious paired with smoked salmon, line-caught seared tuna or swordfish. At summer dinner parties enjoy ‘Sea Pink’ al fresco, served with antipasti such red pesto croutons or tomato bruschetta, herb-infused olives, or sun-dried tomato bread drizzled with pomegranate molasses. At a light 11.5% ‘Sea Pink’ is the perfect drink for your English summer garden party.

The Furleigh Estate at Salway Ash near Bridport is set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just five miles from Dorset’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The soil in the Furleigh Estate vineyards is perfect for growing world-class still and sparkling wines.

Amongst the many awards received, Furleigh Estate was recently awarded Trophies in the International Wine Challenge and in the Japan Wine Challenge, the Classic Cuvée was the first and so far only English sparkling wine to win a gold medal in the prestigious Effervescent du Monde competition held in Lyon.

Furleigh Estate wines, including Sea Pink with its RRP of £10.95, can be bought from the website www.furleighestate.co.uk, direct from the vineyard or from numerous leading independents nationwide.