The blend of varieties includes Bacchus, Ortega, Faber, Siegerrebe and Huxelrebe - all aromatic varieties 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. 20% 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.
2017 will always be remembered as the year of the frost. Most UK vineyards were seriously frosted in spring and so the volume of wine made was reduced. Luckily the Horsmonden vineyard was only 40% affected, so they managed to pick a reasonable crop. This is bone dry and 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 or kept for a couple of years. They have made this wine every year since 1993 and the grapes come from the original planting at Horsmonden (planted 1991). This vintage is bottled without any filtration in order to preserve the character of the wine. It may show a very slight deposit in the bottle over time - this will not affect the taste and is quite normal for this style.
Skinny Wine Rating: 85 cal per 125ml
Horsmonden Dry White, Davenport Vineyards. England
ABV 11.5% Grape Bacchus, Ortega, Faber, Siegerrebe, Huxelrebe Region Kent/Sussex Border Organic Certified since 2003 Vegetarian Yes Vegan Yes Allergens Sulphites