Danbury Ridge Chardonnay 'Octagon Block'
This is a fabulous wine from Danbury Ridge Wine Estate, with amazing vineyards in a unique microclimate in Danbury, Essex. They achieve natural ripeness of at least 13% every vintage so far, even in cooler wetter years like 2019, and to an extent the late Summer/early Autumn of 2020.
This, as do all the releases from 2018, take English still wine to a new quality level. Even more so the two Octagon Black wines.
This is from the Octagon Block vineyard that just seems to have that extra special quality, only 888 bottles produced.
From young vines this is really quite something, 14% natural alcohol, aged in c 60% new French oak for 18 months with no batonnage, even vines this young produced fruit with such depth and extract that the oak is perfectly assimilated. Served blind i would put this as really high quality California, or top Burgundy. Has an energy and a tautness that belies its power. Citrus and stone fruit, again like the regular Chardonnay touch of manderin/tangerine, hints of spice, with zesty acidity too. Textural with a rich creamy, oaky, nutty finish. Long and complex, taut and has obvious aging potential. Mindblowing !!!