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.
The Native Grace Chardonnay is produced from 100% chardonnay from rows 78-87 of the Henners vineyard. Chardonnay loves this site, especially in warm years and these rows were identified during ripening and harvest as having outstanding potential for still wine production, with excellent sugar levels, low acidity and displaying wonderful classic chardonnay fruit flavours including stone fruit, floral and citrus notes All grapes were picked by hand. Fermentation at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks, with a neutral yeast, before the wine went through malolactic fermentation.
Delicate aromas of elderflower and green apple lead on to clean and elegant palate. Crunchy green apple and lemon fruit combine with a good palate weight to provide lovely concentration and a long finish with distinctive minerality.
Fab with cauliflower cheese, white cheddar, Devonshire crawfish served with red rice and boiled Jersey potatoes