The Silex Blanc demonstrates Ben’s desire to produce a wine that is different to the typical English style. In 2022 the blend comprises Pinot Noir (50%), Pinot Blanc (40%) and Chardonnay (10%), varieties that were previously considered difficult to grow and ripen in the UK’s climate. But modern approaches and knowledge have shown that excellent, high-quality wines can be made and Silex has attracted a reputation for being one of these. The grapes were gently whole bunch pressed, with only the finest portion of juice used, resulting in a very refined fruit expression. The juice was then fermented in old oak barrels sourced from a winemaker friend of Ben in Burgundy, going through full malolactic fermentation to lend softness. It was then matured for 9 months, a third each in amphorae, stainless steel and 3 year old oak. This is a brilliant English dry white with beautiful elegance, balance and complexity. Bright and vibrant on the nose with apricot, lemon peel and honeysuckle notes. The palate has a racy, slightly tropical and stone fruit core, with excellent acidity and texture. Burgundian character with plenty of English charm.
Ready 2023 - 2028
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Ready 2023 - 2026
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