The Davenport Horsmonden Dry is produced by Will Davenport. In the 1990’s Will Davenport planted Five acres of vines at Horsmonden in Kent, while simultaneously working for a Hampshire vineyard and, unintentionally, this became the beginning of a life-long business as a wine producer. Twenty-six years later the vineyards now make up Twenty-Four acres, grown on Five parcels of land, Nine grape varieties and a multitude of soil types and micro-climates. The vineyards are mostly at Horsmonden in Kent, with a smaller vineyard next to the winery at Rotherfield, East Sussex.
Will was always a keen supporter of organic farming and in 2000 he made the decision to convert all the vines and winery to organic systems, certified by the Soil Association. At the time this was a huge risk, but ultimately the vines are in great shape, the fruit quality is second to none, and the wines show a depth of character that we believe could not be achieved with the use of chemicals in the vineyard and winery. Will has taken to organic winemaking like a duck to water.
Yeast is added because the grapes have yeast on their skins. The alcohol is 11.5% giving the wine a wonderful lightness and delicacy. 20% of the blend in was fermented in large foudres (massive oak casks traditionally used in Alsace) which gives the wine a really soft texture and smooth creamy structure – without making the wine taste of oak. This vintage is bottled without any filtration in order to preserve the character of the wine. It may show a very slight deposit in the bottle over time – this will not affect the taste and is quite normal for this style. Has the hallmarks of Marlborough Sauvignon, but made in Sussex!