Highweald Ghyll Valley MV

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It’s always great to try something a little bit different in concept. Over the last couple of years I’ve become more of a champion of English white wine blends than I expected but this wine, my first taste from Highweald in Sussex, is a rather unique blend of three grapes and multiple vintages.

There’s 72% Bacchus, 18% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Gris from the 2020 and 2021 vintages in the blend, with a mixture of stainless steel and barrel fermentation ageing.

The nose on the Ghyll Valley White sets the stage nicely: there are aromas of citrus, ripe white peach and floral tones – I’m thinking more honeysuckle than elderflower, which is interesting, considering the prominence of Bacchus in the blend.

On the palate an immediate burst of acidity and fresh lemon and lime zestiness commands attention that softens to creamy peach melba waves and some lovely weight, despite the relatively low ABV of 11.5%. There’s a hint of residual sugar which adds a little breadth and roundness to the palate. Overall, this is a very well-considered and successful blend.

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