I was invited to Danbury Ridge Wine Estate last month to see, or more importantly, taste, how their yet to be released vintages are coming along.
For those of you who haven’t come across Danbury Ridge yet, they blazed onto the English wine scene last year with their maiden vintage releases. These were Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from 2018. Critics unanimously raved at the quality, talking of a new benchmark for English still wines. Their 2018 Pinot Noir and Octagon Block Pinot Noir (the premium edition) have long since sold out. However, we still have their 2018 Chardonnay and a handful of 2018 Octagon Block Chardonnay in stock, along with the 2019 Pinot Noir.
But what about the future? Can they build on this initial promise? The short answer is yes.
Danbury Ridge – still wines
The nascent 2020 and 2021 Danbury Ridge Chardonnays were absolutely stunning. While they are both some way off release, they are already tasting fabulously complex and intense. Ripe apple, peach and melon with toasted oats were characteristic of both wines. They are rich, deep wines that retain a lightness of foot.
Next, their 2021 Pinot Noir, still a real baby, was up, showing off its wonderful perfume of soft red berry fruits and hints of delicate sweet spice from the first few months in oak. There was more crunchy, darker fruit evident on the palate too, which will soak up the oak over the next few months.
English Sparkling Wine
So, the follow on English still wines are wonderful, what about their inaugural sparkling effort? They have named it Solera No.1, and tentatively slated it for release next year. They are deliberately aiming for a different style than many English Sparkling Wines and the wine has only had 12 months on lees. Nevertheless, it has stunning depth and texture from the fruit and wine making techniques employed. There’s ripe, ripe apple, a nutty smokiness to it and a round peach element too. A unique and very successful English Sparkling Wine.
In conclusion, it is clear that Danbury Ridge are not a one hit wonder – there are many more world class wines in the pipeline which we look forward to offering to you over the next few years!