Wednesday, August 10, 2005

WBW Denbies Wine Estate

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This month on wine blogging Wednesday Lenn challenged us to sample wine from our nearest winery. I happen to be down at Mum and Dad's house this evening so I am very lucky to be drinking from the Denbies Estate. Having forwarned them that it was WBW they excelled themselves, tasting wine last night and tonight.

The vineyard (billed as the largest in England) boasts 11 wines. From on the list Mum and Dad had tried the Yew Tree Pinot Noir previously, and the Coopers Brook (chardonnay blend) and the Greenfields Cuvee last night. There was a little Coopers Brook left, so I got to try that and we had the Redlands red with five spice stir fried pork and vegies, this evening.

Tasting notes:
Greenfields Cuvee 2003, 12% - "a premium sparkling fermented using traditional methods and grapes". This was full of fizz and had a sherberty/ Grannie Smith apple dry taste with a slightly sherried apply bouquet. Crisp with acidity and length.

Coopers Brook 2003,11.5% - Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Ortega blend. We all picked out this as having a gooseberry bouquet with a well rounded buttery or olivey flavour, and I thought a hint of liquorice.

Redlands 2003, 12% - Dornfelder and Pinot Noir blend. Our final bottle was full of sour cherries and 'wet wool'. It was dry and light, and I thought had a hint of leather.

All in all a fantastic vineyard, and you can even visit it!
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