When it comes to English wine there’s a lot to shout about, not least the stunning sparkling wines from Henners. Based just 4 miles from the sea in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, the 7 acre vineyard was created in 2007 by ex-Formula One engineer, Lawrence Warr. The winery was named in honour of Larry’s French ancestor, Henners Dubois, who was forced to flee Paris for England during the French Revolution in the in the late 18th Century.
Native Grace Barrel Chardonnay was produced from 100% Chardonnay in the exceptional 2018 harvest and only the most expressive fruit was selected for barrel fermentation. 2018 was a glorious vintage in England. During the season Henners identified parcels of vines showing the greatest potential, with good flavour development, ripeness and acidity balance. They hand harvested these grapes and press direct to barrel for fermentation. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in barrel before the barrels were blended back together.
Using a combination of new and old French oak the wine was fermented and aged in barrel for 6 months before being blended together and bottled in late 2019. The wine has been laid down for several months before its release in mid-2020. The time spent in barrel has added delicate spice and creamy, textural richness to the wine. Only 3800 bottles were made.
Apple, lemon and stone fruit aromas with some toasty and buttery notes and a citrus streak. Delicate spice and creamy, textural richness from time spent in barrel.
The freshness and natural acidity of the wine gives this excellent ageing potential and it is a great match for food. Pair with roast chicken, cheese soufflé, vegetables in a creamy broth or grilled fish.