There’s something really quite special about what Jonica and Gerard Fox are doing. Their wines are expressive, distinctive and characterful, demonstrating a brilliant expression of genuine English charisma.
The aptly named Essence is made solely from Chardonnay from the 2011 harvest from their Hobdens vineyard, which was the first site to be planted by the Fox’s in 2003/2004.
On the nose, this sparkling wine has a purity and honesty that just speaks Chardonnay from the first smell. Clean green apple and citrus and the slightest hint of brioche.
To taste, the charisma continues with a direct and focussed tangy green apple bite. Supercharged zesty freshness and brilliant acidity, but it doesn’t dominate. Then a supple, silkier mid taste that seamlessly integrates with hints of sweeter suggestions of caramel or toffee apple.