A really pleasant award winner from Stanlake Park Wine Estate, near Reading.
The peach/apricot and vanilla on the nose are matched on the palate. I imagine the vanilla and slight toastiness comes from the French oak barrels in which the Kings Fumé sits for around nine months.
The wine is named in honour of King Charles I who donated a special window dated 1626 to Stanlake Park
We couldn’t resist drinking this bottle on the day we bought it – although the label says it will age for up to 5 years.
Earlier vinatges were enjoyed by diners at the Ritz and the Savoy and by high-flyers in British Airways first class. Apparently you may still find the ’09 Kings Fumé on the wine list at The Dorchester, however we bought our bottle at the vineyard’s cellar door for £9.99. Winemaker Vince Gower says stocks have almost run out.
W.O.W. factor 6.5
n.b. The Analyst (who regular readers will know has a different palate to mine) gave Kings Fume a higher W.O.W. factor of 7