Davenport Horsmonden dry white 2018
Our benchmark English wine has aromatic peach and floral fruit with a background of yeasty flavour and a soft broad palate - a wine with real structure which can be drunk now.
The perfect 2018 growing conditions produced ideal ripeness, making a similar in style to the previous year, though fresher and retaining a crisp backbone. A wine that could be kept for a couple of years, or enjoyed in its youth. It will age to become softer and more aromatic over the next 6 - 12 months.
The blend of varieties includes Bacchus, Ortega, Faber, Siegerrebe and Huxelrebe that blend together to make a complex, fragrant and balanced dry white wine. No yeast is added because the grapes have yeast on their skins. The alcohol is 11.5% giving the wine a wonderful lightness and delicacy. 10% of the blend in was fermented in large foudres (massive oak casks traditionally used in Alsace) which gives the wine a really soft texture and smooth creamy structure - without making the wine taste of oak.