When it comes to English wine there’s a lot to shout about, not least the stunning sparkling wines from Henners. Based just 4 miles from the sea in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, the 7-acre vineyard was created in 2007 by ex-Formula One engineer, Lawrence Warr.
Boutinot was the sole distributor of Henners from this time and developed strong ties with the winery and its wines… so when the opportunity arose 10 years later to buy the estate, they jumped at the chance. Planted with traditional Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the vines thrive in an idyllic microclimate created by the vineyard’s proximity to the sea, low altitude (only 24 metres above sea level) and steep, sunny, south facing slopes.
All Henners wines are hand-crafted from start to finish; with separate fermenting of varietals and their vine clones to allow a broader range of wines for final blending; extended lees ageing for added complexity; and holding back of all bottles for at least 3 years prior to release to add depth and richness to every wine. Hand-crafted with every attention to detail, our winemakers create award winning wines of depth, complexity and elegance that are perfect for any occasion.
Henners is proud to release ‘Native Grace’, their multi-vintage prestige cuvée. The label design is inspired by Thomas Bewick (1753 – 1828), the Northumbrian artist acclaimed for his incredibly detailed, captivating wood-engravings of English life and nature. Bewick’s innate skill with this intricate medium proved transformative to the art of wood-engraving and the illustration of natural history. He was also known for his wicked, yet always sympathetic, humour - capturing drunks, louts and fools in the landscape of the day. Most of his pieces were engraved to be printed directly into books and are rarely larger than the palm of your hand, indeed he would sketch the idea on his thumbnail before committing to wood.
This prestige wine allows them to blend the very best base wines from numerous vintages (2009, 2010 and 2011) to create a sparkling wine that is greater than the sum of its illustrious parts. As with all the wines, only fruit grown in Henners' outstanding vineyard is used for their blends.
The best base wines from each vintage are selected for their ageing potential and kept aside for reserve wines. They are then cellared, in bottle at partial pressure on lees, until ready for addition to a multi-vintage prestige blend in years to come. Cellaring reserve wines in this labour-intensive manner, as opposed to storing them in stainless steel tanks, allows the wines to develop complexity on lees, preventing oxidation, and so maintains the greatest elegance and finesse. This patience and dedication is realised when they come to blend the base wines for this multi-vintage wine.
Pale lemon in colour with a fine and delicate mousse. The nose is multi-layered with notes of ripe apple, lemon curd, brioche and marzipan. The complexity on the nose is mirrored on the palate with lovely ripe apple and lemon fruit which combine with autolytic characters such as sweet pastry and almonds. The gently persistent fizz allows the depth of flavour to really shine and the wonderful acidity gives mouth-watering balance on the finish. This is a limited production of only 980 bottles.
- Additional Information
Name Henners Native Grace NV Country England Region East Sussex ABV% 12% Vintage NV Grape Variety 53% Chardonnay, 28% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Meunier Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans