Biddenden Gribble Bridge Ortega 2009
Biddenden is known for its Ortega wines and Gribble Bridge 2009 shows why. It's a Germanic grape that may be on the decline over there, but seems to thrive quite well in certain pockets of England in the right hands.
Spicy pear and apple on the nose leads to a tasty, textured palate of the same, with appley notes on the finish. Its structure and balanced acidity makes it great with shellfish, roast cod, and simply-sauced pasta dishes – think cream rather than chilli. A smartly-turned out bottle sports a contemporary feel.
The follow-on vintage, 2010, is now available from the vineyard, online, £9.50; Butlers Wine Cellar (Brighton), selected outlets in Kent, Sussex & S London