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.
The winery was named in honour of Larry's French ancestor, Henners Dubois, who was forced to flee Paris for England during the French Revolution in the in the late 18th Century. 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 Chardonnay, Pinot 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 is proud to release Native Grace"„¢.The label design is inspired by Thomas Bewick (1753, 1828), the Northumbrian artist acclaimed for his incredibly detailed, captivating wood-engravings of English life and nature. Bewick"„¢s innate skill with this intricate medium proved transformative to the art of wood-engraving and the illustration of natural history. He was also known for his wicked, yet always sympathetic, humour - capturing drunks, louts and fools in the landscape of the day. Most of his pieces were engraved to be printed directly into books and are rarely larger than the palm of your hand, indeed he would sketch the idea on his thumbnail before committing to wood. *Label image: Tail-piece in A History of British Birds"„¢, is said to be of Bewick himself as a thirsty traveller drinking from his hat.
The Native Grace Chardonnay is produced from 100% chardonnay from rows 78-87 of the Henners vineyard. Chardonnay loves this site, especially in warm years and these rows were identified during ripening and harvest as having outstanding potential for still wine production, with excellent sugar levels, low acidity and displaying wonderful classic chardonnay fruit flavours including stone fruit, floral and citrus notes All grapes were picked by hand. Fermentation at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks, with a neutral yeast, before the wine went through malolactic fermentation.
Delicate aromas of elderflower and green apple lead on to clean and elegant palate. Crunchy green apple and lemon fruit combine with a good palate weight to provide lovely concentration and a long finish with distinctive minerality.
Serve chilled accompanying light meats, grilled fish and salads.