Litmus Element 20 was one of the wines that put still English wine on the map for me. Having missed it at the English Wine Producers Trade Tasting in May 2015, it was now-fellow English wine explorer Andrij Jurkiw that brought this wine to my attention.
Two years on I’m re-visiting a bottle I’ve held back in the wine rack; both the wine and my palate having seen two more long years of development.
The pale complexion is misleading, as Element 20 has a wonderful rich ripe nose of ultra-ripe peach, apricot and honeysuckle.
Bags of ripe yellow fruit flavour on the palate; juicy yellow plum and apricot with a surprisingly high acidity cut through of zesty and sour quince that lights up your taste buds.
The aftertaste has taken on a new found maturity; the wine’s creamy unctuous texture interweaved with toasted nuts and spice.
Quite simply, one of the most remarkable English wines I’ve ever tried.