When it comes to English wine there's a lot to shout about, not least the stunning sparkling wines from Henners. Based just 4 miles from the sea in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, the 7-acre vineyard was created in 2007 by ex-Formula One engineer, Lawrence Warr.
Boutinot was the sole distributor of Henners from this time and developed strong ties with the winery and its wines"¦ so when the opportunity arose 10 years later to buy the estate, they jumped at the chance. Planted with traditional Champagne varieties of ChardonnayPinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the vines thrive in an idyllic microclimate created by the vineyard's proximity to the sea, low altitude (only 24 metres above sea level) and steep, sunny, south facing slopes.
All Henners wines are hand-crafted from start to finish; with separate fermenting of varietals and their vine clones to allow a broader range of wines for final blending; extended lees ageing for added complexity; and holding back of all bottles for at least 3 years prior to release to add depth and richness to every wine. Hand-crafted with every attention to detail, our winemakers create award winning wines of depth, complexity and elegance that are perfect for any occasion.
Henners Reserve is produced solely from grapes grown on our outstanding estate in Herstmonceux, East Sussex. The vineyard was first planted at this site in Vintage_2007. We found the unique combination of warm well drained sandstone soils, a southerly aspect slope coupled with low altitude, three miles from the sea and at just 24m above sea level. Harvest usually takes place in late September. The result is perhaps the finest vineyard microclimate in the country.
Vine clones and varieties are fermented separately to allow a broad palette of wines for final blending. A proportion is fermented in aged oak barrels to add subtle character and layers to the wine. This wine spends 36 months on its lees. and the dosage is 9g/l. 14% of the Chardonnay component (76%) is from reserve wine which adds extra complexity and flavour to the wine.
Another delightfully fresh and aromatic Henners sparkling wine. Concentrated nose with frangipane, green apple and pear with subtle bready characteristics. The palate is zesty with crisp apple and lime fruit with a fine and persistent mousse. The finish is long and very elegant with beautifully poised acidity. A seriously good wine.