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A taste of things to come

posted 21 Dec 2013, 08:04 by Warden Abbey Vineyard   [ updated 22 May 2016, 03:58 ]
Master of Wine Derek Smedley, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity's deputy CEO Jon Boswell, and vineyard manager Jane Markham visited Denbies Wine Estates in December for a first tasting of the two wines produced from the 2013 harvest.

The wine is being made for us again by Litmus Wines at Denbies Wine Estates. The team tasted the wines with winemaker Matthieu Elzinger.

At just 15, Matthieu (centre of picture) was a hands on winemaker at the family vineyard at Abbaye Sainte-Radegonde in the Muscadet region of the Loire Valley. His wine-making experience includes vintages at a very prestigious chateau in Margaux and a winery in the Piemonte region. He has also made numerous study tours to Champagne. For the past 11 years he ran the family business, taking on the responsibility of chief winemaker. In this time he expanded the vineyard from 25 to 210 hectares and developed a reputation as being a master in producing dry crisp white wines from both traditional and unfamiliar grape varieties.

It was exciting to discover how the Warden Abbey wines are shaping up in their stainless steel vats. They still have some development to go so we will visit again in January/February to taste again and decide final blends. Here are Derek's notes from this initial tasting:

Reichensteiner / Bacchus
The nose has lots of fragrant charm spring flowers hints of elderflower. Tropical fruit sweetness is underpinned by citric freshness.

Müller-Thurgau / Regner
Herby and fresh the nose has white pepper spices and the palate has depth of flavour with apple and grapefruit freshness.