John Worontschak has been making English wine since 1988. In 2010 John decided to create the first Litmus wine, Element 20. The concept was to move away from the traditional fruity and often one-dimensional English wine styles. Ancient marine fossils known as coccolith’s furnish our vineyard soil with an abundance of calcium – the backbone of truly complex and long-lasting wines, and The 20th Element of The Periodic Table. The star shaped image on our label is a stylised ‘discoaster’ coccolith. This image symbolises not only the significance of soil in the production of fine wine, but also the New English Wine – a star in ascendance. The Litmus range is the culmination of John’s experience and are designed to highlight the very best of cool climate English still wines promoting balance, complexity and length of flavour.
This wine has a wonderfully complex character that seems to develop with each and every sip. The bouquet slightly fresher, again with baked apple and apricot aromas and that gentle warming spiced vanilla. The palate was consistent with the bouquet, but also introduced a layer of smokiness. The structure is impressive – with a striking cutting acidity. Distinctive and elegant – a rather excellent and balanced wine.