A blend of 31 herbs and spices, many picked in and around Knightor Manor, are used to make this Dry Vermouth from Cornwall.
Some of the Classic herbs were used such as Wormwood [Artemisia absinthium], Green Cardamom [Elettaria cardamomum], Cinchona [Cinchona officinalis] and Liquorice [Glycyrrhiza glabra], plus some more unusual and herein lies the key to the delicate elegance and complexity. The herbs were first infused in a fruity Eau de Vie, distilled from Knighor wineries own grape skins. After a short steeping period, the herb infusion was blended with a reserve sparkling base used to make Knightor sparkling English wines. This infusion was then allowed to mature and integrate for a short period before bottling.
This vermouth has a delicate yellow colour and an intense rich warming nose reminiscent of cologne, bergamot, bitter orange rind and liquorice.
The palate is dry, rich, masculine and robust with an underlying spicy bitterness.
' Quite an extraordinary nose! It's an explosion. Eucalyptus forest at winter dawn, cold mist still ragged in the trees and the crush of eucalyptus leaves under foot. There is fantastic precision, length, crystalline delicacy, arrow-like focus'. - Jancis Robinson Vermouth Tasting of 88 world Vermouths | 11 Jan 2021;
This dry vermouth is perfect for drinking chilled on its own, paired with a range of cheeses or as an ingredient in classic cocktails.
At Knightor Vineyard a relatively hands-off approach to winemaking is taken. Although inspiration is taken from both old and new world, there is no desire to mimic the style of another country. The team believe that the difference with English wine is the lightness and elegance of style – this is their hallmark and what they do best.
The marginal Cornish climate gives naturally low grape yields which maximise taste but increase cost, thus they only make wines that are true to the fruit and retain an elegance that is part of the inherent character of English wine.
Take a look at our full range of Knightor Vineyard wines.