Davenport Horsmonden dry white 2020
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 2020 harvest was smaller than previous years, but quality was high with near perfect ripeness. This wine was bottled in June 2021 and so has had a year maturing in bottle. The extra year has softened the wine and brought the flavours to the front. It is a wine that could be kept for another couple of years, or enjoyed in its youth. Compared to the 2019 this vintage has more delicacy and a floral edge to the aromas.
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 11.45% making it a bit fuller than the 2018, while keeping 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.
Total sulphur: mg/L TBC