“Leonora’s” wines are generally dry and elegant, similar to a dry Riesling in style. They can be drunk young but develop in the bottle, showing complex honey overtones when approaching four years old or more. They are made from Kernling grapes, a first cross from Riesling that ripens to pink - it is the pink clone of the better-known Kerner grape.
“Jane’s” wines, from golden Madeleine Angevine grapes are light and crisp with a flower-scented nose and citrus notes, sometimes with a hint of elderflower and on the finish, gooseberry. Delightful as an aperitif, for a party, in a summer garden or just for a refreshing glass at home. Best drunk young and fresh, within 2-3 years. Often likened to a restrained Sauvignon Blanc in style. Now and then we produce a blend of our two varietals, named “Elizabeth’s” after our daughter Liz. These wines, when available, make good wines to pair with food with the structure of the Kernling coupled with upfront fruit from the Madeleine,
We have one French oak barrique giving a small quantity of barrel-matured wine in addition to our two varietals. From 2016 we have used a barrique from Seguin Moreau of Cognac, known as a "Fraicheur", made especially for light varietals, with fine grained French oak staves, very light toast and heads made from acacia rather than oak, to add brightness to the flavour.