Davenport Horsmonden dry white 2019
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 2019 harvest was another high yielding crop, following the huge 2018. This wine was bottled in July 2020 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.
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: 54 mg/L