Made from the exceptional 2018 harvest, this is 100% Huxelrebe with a subtle botrytis character. At 12% alcohol the wine has retained some unfermented sugar (10 g/L) so is an off-dry style. It has flavours of apricot and stone fruit with a honeyed background, very clean and fruit-driven similar to a Riesling in balance. Only 500 bottles were made and Davenport may never be able to make a wine like this again. They expect it will mature over 3 to 4 years as the flavours mellow and sweetness becomes more apparent. The label has been designed to incorporate the fingerprints of all the people in the vineyard who had a hand in the production of this wine. In 1991 Will Davenport planted 5 acres of vines at Horsmonden in Kent, while simultaneously working for a Hampshire vineyard and, unintentionally, this became the beginning of a life-long business as a wine producer. Over 25 years later the vineyards now make up 24 acres, grown on 5 parcels of land, 9 grape varieties and a multitude of soil types and micro-climates. The vineyards are mostly at Horsmonden in Kent, with a smaller vineyard next to the winery at Rotherfield, East Sussex. Will was always a keen supporter of organic farming and in 2000 he made the decision to convert all the vines and winery to organic systems, certified by the Soil Association. At the time this was a huge risk, but ultimately the vines are in great shape, the fruit quality is second to none, and the wines show a depth of character that Davenport believe could not be achieved with the use of chemicals in the vineyard and winery.
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Davenport Vineyards was started by Will Davenport in 1991, and today produce a number of organic wines from their 24 acres, using 9 Grape varieties.2021 vintage reportWe’re ...Browse Wines