Denbies Wine Estate has reported “exceptional” results from the 2016 harvest, and a record volume for its Ortega grape, which makes its award-winning dessert wine, Noble Harvest.

The team at the Dorking-based English vineyard are currently handpicking the largest crop of botrytised Ortega on record and the quality is at such a high level that Denbies has announced it will be releasing a limited edition 30th anniversary Noble Harvest, which will be available mid-2017.

The dry and sunny September, characterised by above average daytime temperatures and warm nights, followed by cool misty mornings and afternoon sunshine of October, contributed to perfect ripening conditions, according to the producer.

Christopher White, Denbies ceo, said: “This plot of Ortega, located on the lower south facing slopes, has demonstrated extraordinary ripeness, lending itself perfectly to the production of our Noble Harvest. Sweet wine production in the UK is generally rare and depending on growing conditions. Not only are we delighted that we are able to produce Noble Harvest for the third consecutive year, but 2016 has also delivered record volumes for our award-winning dessert wine. With increased volumes, the future for availability of Denbies Noble Harvest is looking extremely positive.”

John Worontschak, head winemaker, said: In terms of grape and wine quality the second half of the 2016 harvest will go down in legend as being almost impossibly perfect. At Denbies this meant that we were able to pick at leisure, precisely when we wanted to, achieving disease-free fruit with parameters amongst every variety, for any style desired that were textbook perfect.”