Davenport Diamond Fields Pinot Noir
Region: Horsmonden, Kent
Grape: Pinot Noir
Viticulture: Organic Farming / Natural Wine
Winemaking: Manual harvested organic pinot noir grapes are de-stemmed without crushing followed by 10 days maceration with their skins. Wild yeast fermentation in stainless steel vats on skins then pressed into old barriques. 9 months maturation in 5-20 year old barrels. No fining or filtration with a minimal amount of sulphur added before bottling.
Intense ruby red colour, lovely red fruit aromatics of cherries and raspberries, ripe red fruit on the palate with a hint of bitter cherry, wild hedgerow berries and fennel. Good length.
Family owned business. Will Davenport has been making wines for 20 years. The winery is at Limney Farm, an old dairy farm with buildings that made easy conversion for their new winemaking purpose. Since 1993 they have extended the buildings for a dedicated bottling area and temperature-controlled store. Since 2010 the winery is now solar powered. Solar panels generate enough electricity to run the whole winery. A 2-acre plot planted in 2000 with Pinot Noir, on a south facing slope, very sheltered site. Low yields from 20 years old vines.