Last month saw Hampshire’s Danebury Vineyards celebrate its 25th Anniversary.
Their Reserve 2015 is a blend of all of the grape varieties grown by Danebury: Madeleine Angevine, Schönburger and Auxerrois, with a hint of Pinot Gris.
The wine has a lovely straw gold tone to it, with an equally appealing, aromatic nose of rose water, ripe peach and tropical fruit with fragrant blossom notes.
As with most English whites, the acidity is prominent and punchy. However, this takes a riper, fruitier twist with fleshy peach and lychee flavours, with slight hints of sweetness on the finish.
It won a Sommelier Wine Awards Silver Medal last year, and the excellent balance between freshness and fragrance makes me reach for the Reserve to pair with Asian food as an alternative to Gewürztraminer.