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With the wood pigeons cooing from the roof top, the bell from St.Mary's chiming the hour and a gentle breeze rustling the wild flower bed and releasing the perfume from the last of the sweet-peas - and a glass of this English wine to accompany a light lunch of cheese, bread and tomatoes I am content and happy to be an Englishman.
That, or a bumptious old fart waffling on about nothing.
Now that the wine has been open a while a more complex nose has emerged - gone are the waxy lemon aromas, replaced with something more interesting, unique and evasive; due no doubt to the extended bottle age, this being from the 2001 vintage. The palate too, while light, very crisp from the high acidity, has a more honeyed edge to the flavour - its quite complex for this style of wine and offers a surprisingly good length too. It is a style of wine that not everyone will enjoy - thinking here how different it would appear during the depths of winter - but at the height of an English summer that sees the sun re-emerging from a depressingly long hiatus, its great.
Wine Tasting Note: Hendred Vineyard Runnington Hill, 2001, Oxfordshire. England.
From Local Tastes £5.99.
This is a blend of Madeleine Angevine and Seyval Blanc from a small vineyard in the Vale of the White Horse. Hendred vineyard was established in 1972 with the grapes for this blend planted in 1991. A crisp, almost Sauvignon nose - with grassy hints and lemon rind. Distinctively light to medium bodied with a honeyed richness initially. Then a mineral, quite intense lemon edge emerges. A touch of spritz too. Fresh, crisp with high acidity.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100
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