Henners ‘Native Grace’ Multi-Vintage Cuvée
Henners is proud to release ‘Native Grace’, our 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 wine allows us to blend the very best base wines from numerous (2009, 2010 and 2011) to create a sparkling wine that is greater than the sum of its illustrious parts. As with all our wines, only fruit grown in our outstanding vineyard is used for our blends.
Multi-vintage should not be confused with non-vintage, where a proportion of aged base wines are added to the current vintage to accelerate the progression of the producer’s entry level wines. 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 blend in years to come.
Cellaring reserve wines in this labour-intensive manner, as opposed to storing in stainless steel tanks, allows the wine to develop complexity on lees, preventing oxidation, and so maintains the greatest elegance and finesse. This patience and dedication is realised when we come to blend the base wines for our multi-vintage wine. The broad pallet of outstanding reserve wines from many vintages allows us to create something very special. The final assemblage for this inaugural release took place in August 2014, before disgorgement in March 2017, and bottled at pressure 4.6 bar so as not to overpower its delicate complexity. The debut launch of this limited production of only 980 bottles took place in Sept 2018.
As pioneers in English Multi-Vintage wine, we continue our passion for crafting the very finest sparkling wines, from possibly the greatest vineyard in the country.
*Label image: Tail-piece in ‘A History of British Birds’ - said to be of Bewick himself as a thirsty traveller drinking from his hat.