Tamlyn Curran for Jancis Robinson's Vermouth Tasting: 88 World Vermouths.
Tasting notes: Citrus, mint and fresh sage aromas leap from the glass. An alluring, multi-layered nose that marries herbs with the delicate fruit aromas typical of our sparkling wines. The palate is equally appealing, sweet with a pleasant, gentle bitterness.
Ingredients: 50ml Knightor White Vermouth, 100ml Soda Water, Lemon Juice, Ice
Method: Fill a short glass with ice and add vermouth, then soda water and dash of lemon juice. Finish with a sprig of rosemary.
Winemaker Notes: The freshness of our white vermouth is accentuated by the use of one of our quality sparkling base wines, bringing much of the elegance and crispness you would expect. A blend of 24 herbs and spices, many picked in and around Knightor, were used for our first White Vermouth. Some of the classic herbs were used such as Wormwood [Artemisia absinthium], Sage [Salvia officinalis] and Oregano [Oreganum vulgare], 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 our own grape skins. After a short steeping period, the herb infusion was blended with one of our reserve sparkling base wines and allowed to mature and integrate for a short period before bottling.