Thursday, October 29, 2009

Denbies Vineyard Select Schonburger 2006

An eco friendly wine lover has difficulty buying local in England... but lying just outside the M25, Denbies may be the answer. This place is well worth a visit, even if you don’t do a tour (which was fully booked when I turned up), as the vineyards are set in beautiful rolling chalk hills. You can also go to the shop, sample the wines and buy at a discount. Which is exactly what I did on a warm, sunny day in early autumn.

Only produced in certain vintages, the Vineyard Select range promises much... but does it deliver? I cracked open the varietal Schonburger (an early ripening German cross) and dived in. In short – yes it does. This is very drinkable. It’s extremely pale but this hides a very fragrant aroma and intense taste. Not quite what you expect. There are distinct honeydew melon and pear tones on the palate, with a fair old vegetal kick. Although this vegetation is perhaps a tad too much for me, this is a pretty good wine.

It sells at £13 full price, which may be a bit high, but when I was at the vineyard there were deals on. Can me a sucker but there is also something quite nice about living near London and drinking a good LOCAL wine....

Schonburger, Vineyard Select
Surrey, England
Denbies vineyard

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