GBW Wine of the Month: July 2019
This was the first new English wine that I tasted this month, and wow, what a place to start! The Ranmore Hill 2017 is a blend of Pinot Gris, Bacchus and Chardonnay, and yet another example of just why we should be taking Denbies Wine Estate seriously.
Let’s begin with the nose: a curious fusion of ripe peach, hints of lightly grilled tropical fruit, with a twist of lime and a lightly smoky, herbaceous note that just draws you in.
Then there’s the vibrant, textured palate that grabs you with both hands, and just doesn’t want to let go. Starting with trademark fresh, crisp green fruit and fleshy white peach, the finish is long and drawn-out with floral and hedgerow flavours and just a hint of spice.
This is up there with some of the best textural English whites I’ve had. Kit’s Coty and Flint Fumé watch out. Denbies are in town, and they mean business!
Cherry and ripe raspberry flavours, backed by dark chocolate and a crushed peppery spice.
A fusion of pear, elderflower, zesty lime and gooseberry, with a softer, riper mix of light peach and honeydew melon.
A punchy palate, packed full of zingy citrus fruit, with papaya and guava tropics.
Probably the best mainstream own-label English wine on the market right now.
Delicate, charms are echoed by beautiful aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry blossom.
Beautifully rich and seductive, full of honeyed orchard and stone fruit flavours.