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Denbies gears up for first Sauvignon Blanc harvest

Published:  01 August, 2013

Denbies Wine Estate has revealed it is looking forward to harvesting its first Sauvignon Blanc vines.

Planted four years ago, they should be ready to harvest mid-October, according to the Surrey vineyard's general manager Chris White.

Two acres were planted and Denbies expects to produce 2,000 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc. These will be sold mostly on-site, although White said that some may be available at local wine shop The Vineyard.

The price is yet to be confirmed, and will be set according to quality, he added. The new vine will be on-shelf next autumn, depending on what is done with it, for instance whether it is oaked.

"Sauvignon Blanc is a marginal wine in terms of being grown in the UK, and we always try to be at the forefront of what we do", said White.

"For example, 20 years ago we decided to plant Pinot Noir although we were told that it wasn't perhaps the best idea, and yet it's become one of our biggest sellers."

Denbies knows there will be a market for its new Sauvigon Blanc, said White, adding that after a slow start, the new vines should be ready to pick alongside the other varieties".

"This is really exciting for us," he said.