Let’s give it up for Will Davenport. It’s tough enough to get grapes to grow in the UK, which is why so many producers resort to artificial fertilisers and pesticides. But he chose to go organic and make do without them and the results speak for themselves; he’s a star of English wine.
Two sites (in Kent and Sussex) provide a great climate and superb limestone geology - actually the same band as the great sites of Champagne. This wine, grown in his Kent vineyard uses varieties ideally suited to the challenging English climate, looked after by Ollie, his vineyard manager (Phil) and Mervin the winery dog.
There’s something beautifully English about this wine. The restrained palate leads with citrus freshness before hedgerow herbs and elderflower take over. Delicacy is key: this is soft, sippable and perfect for a picnic.
Grapes: Bacchus, Faber, Huxelrebe, Ortega, Siegerrebe
Winemaking method: Organic