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Henners Vintage Reserve 2009 is a Chardonnay dominant cuvée (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir), created to complement their Pinot dominant Vintage 2009 (33% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier) which was released in 2012. The Vintage Reserve, which won a Silver medal in last year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, has been given an additional year on its lees in bottle in order for the Chardonnay in the blend to develop a fuller complexity. Lawrence Warr, owner and winemaker at Henners adds his comments on the wine: “The Vintage Reserve is a truly elegant wine, with citrus and yeast on the nose, a wonderfully fine and soft mousse, a honeyed and biscuitty palate with almond sweetness, and an outstandingly long finish.” Both wines scored in the top 12 of 79 English sparkling wines tasted blind in the recent Judgement of Parsons Green, organised by Stephen Skelton MW.
The 2010 Rosé is a Blanc de Noirs, produced from 56% Pinot Noir and 44% Pinot Meunier and created by Henners to be an elegant summer sparkler, with forward red berry fruits. It excelled in the recent Decanter English Sparkling Wine tasting (May edition), with the following review:
“Excellent, Powerful, fruity nose. Tangy acidity and restrained red fruit, very classically styled. Lovely, focused and expressive plum fruit, with great depth of flavour and complexity. Great balance and with flavours that fill the mouth to the end.” – Score 17.25 (90+) – Highly Recommended.
These three wines are the first releases from this already award-winning sparkling wine producer, based near Herstmonceaux in Sussex. Henners Vintage 2009 gained a Silver medal in both the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge last year, and scored the second highest marks in the same Decanter English Sparkling Wine panel tasting this spring, with the following review:
“Yeasty, toasty, full-on autolytic nose with ripe, superbly expressive fruit, herbs and aniseed. The palate is excellent and full, with a leesy texture, fine balance and toasty notes on the finish. Classic, stylish.” – Score 17.75 (92) – Highly Recommended.
All three wines will be on show for the first time at the English Wine Producers Trade & Press Tasting in London on 9th May, and Lawrence Warr will also be present to introduce and talk through the wines.
Henners wines are available through Boutinot (www.boutinot.com).
For further information, or to arrange to meet Lawrence Warr at the trade tasting, please contact tel: 01323 831746, or email email@example.com
Press release from www.englishwineproducers.com