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Denbies to harvest its first Sauvignon Blanc vintage in October

Published:  02 August, 2013

Denbies Wine Estate is looking forward to harvesting its first Sauvignon Blanc vines. Planted four years ago, they should be ready to harvest mid-October, said the Surrey vineyard's general manager, Chris White.

Two acres were planted in 2009 and Denbies expects to produce 2,000 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc from its first vintage. These will be sold mostly ex-cellar, 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. Wines from new vines will be on-shelf next autumn, depending on what ageing treatment is used and whether it needs to be 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.