Another younger release, Davenport’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2018 was released just last week. This 2019 spent nine months in old oak, was bottled without filtration and was made from Burgundy clone Pinot grown in Kent. Davenport is a fully organic certified producer, and the winery is just across the border in Sussex.
Another beautifully ruby-hued wine, this wine has characteristic aromas of wild cherry and raspberry as well as bramble fruits and a twist of spice and dried herbs.
The palate opens with crunchy, youthful, tangy cranberry and winter berries, with hints of dark chocolate or mocha to follow. It’s not quite as generous as the 2018 wines, and there’s a slight austerity to the fruit. However, overall this is another strong effort from Davenport which I feel will benefit from another year or two in bottle.