EVENT Magazine for the Mail on Sunday

“Among the best English wine I’ve tasted this year: highly fragrant and scented as rose petals, the freshness to this white is off the chart, somewhere between gooseberries and Granny Smith’s apples. Outstanding English wine for a festive treat.” ~Olly Smith~

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Sendiäna, a new wine from Lebanon

Lebanon has a 5000 year history of wine growing. This is a new wine from Caves de Monastere St Jean, which is based in a monastery in the mountains of Mount Lebanon. They’ve been making wines since 2006, but this is the first under the Sendiäna label. The grapes are sourced from the monastery’s own vineyards (two, both at 1000 m altitude) and contracted growers in the Bekaa Valley. It’s a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Franc and Mourvèdre.

The main winemaker here is Father Charnel Hajjar, with help from UK-based consultant winemaker Ulrich Hoffmann.

Sendiäna Grand Vin 2013 Lebanon
12.5% alcohol. A deep coloured but fresh Lebanese red with lovely sleek black cherry and blackcurrant fruit supported by fine, cedar, spicy notes. There’s a hint of black olive here, and also just a hint of attractive greenness, as well as some lively peppery notes. Showing moderate alcohol and a nice combination of sweet fruit and savoury spiciness, this is a really classy effort. It’s not a blockbuster style, but it shows really nice restraint and balance, and should age very well. More old world than new, I reckon. 90/100

The wine isn’t yet available in the UK, but Uli is working on this. Price to be confirmed

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Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog

Really enjoyed these three from Hoffmann & Rathbone, a high-quality negotiant operation based in Sussex.

Hoffmann & Rathbone Classic Cuvée Brut 2010 Sussex, England
60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier. 12% alcohol, 10 g/l TA, 7 g/l dosage. Debut vintage from Ulrich Hoffmann. Very bright and focused with pithy, tight lemon and grapefruit characters. There’s a hint of ripe apple and pineapple as well as subtle bready notes. Very tight and linear with keen acidity. This will probably develop beautifully with time. It’s just so pure and focused. Tastes even better on day two. 90/100

Hoffmann & Rathbone Rosé Réserve 2011 Sussex, England
85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay. Four different vineyards: the Chardonnay is barrel fermented. Some of the Pinot Noir is left to ripen later and then used to make a red wine that’s blended in to give the colour. This is interesting: it’s really toasty and supple with nice citrus and herb characters. Really seductive and spicy with a bit of grip. Lovely, accessible wine. 90/100

Hoffmann & Rathbone Bacchus 2015 Sussex, England
11% alcohol, 5 g/l residual sugar, pH 3.3, TA 7.5 g/litre. Single vineyard, 50% barrel fermented. Reductive nose with exotic tropical passionfruit notes. Lively and bright with a lovely elderflower character, plus hints of hedgerows in spring. Very pretty and bright with a hint of sweetness. This is exotic English Bacchus at its best. 89/100

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2015 Wine Competitions

Great Results All Around!

Hoffmann & Rathbone Blanc de Blancs 2010 – Decanter Gold Award

Hoffmann & Rathbone Rosé Réserve 2011 – Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships Gold Award

Gusbourne Guinivere 2013 – UKVA Trophy

Albury Organic Vineyard 2014 – UKVA Gold


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