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(2021) This English dessert wine is made from the sweetest grape must ever recorded in the UK, with 325g/l of sugar. That was thanks to the long, hot summer of 2018 when the Barnes family, now in its third generation, decided conditions were right in late October to harvest the grapes which were beginning to raisin on the vine. Once fermented, 122/gl of residual remained. The wine rested in American Oak Barrels for six weeks. Pale gold in colour, the nose is exotic and honeyed, some chamomile and distinctly floral notes playing against both Acacia blossom honey and sweet nectarine, with a little ginger in the mix too. On the palate is has medium weight and beautifully judged sweetness. It's a lighter style than some botrytis-affected sweet wines, the nectarine and apricot juiciness of the palate sweet without being cloying, the orange acidity balancing very nicely into a long finish. A limited edition, it is available in 37.5cl bottles from the Biddenden web site.
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