gardening & foraging

The Blenheim 2011

The Blenheim 2011 was brewed between 2010 and 2011 in my house.

It’s apple wine, made from the Blenheim Orange variety. Picked in October 2010 from a tree in Oxfordshire, the apples were chopped, briefly boiled, put into a fermenting bin with yeast, fed ritualistically, filtered, fermented, racked, fermented, racked, aged and finally drunk. Serve chilled.

On the nose: grapefruits, apples, sauvignon blanc, a distant earthy note. In the mouth: surprisingly delicious actually. The same notes as the smell again – tropical fruit notes, very sauvignon blanc – perhaps a little stronger. One of the dangers of home-brew is that you don’t always know how strong this actually is…

Very happy with the results. Here’s a snap back when it ‘looked like sludge’ as my girlfriend put it. It’s incredible how it’s turned out after all these months; we’re going to leave one demijohn for another few months to see how it matures, before we begin again with this year’s batch.


By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

3 replies on “The Blenheim 2011”

I think if people knew how ridiculously easy it actually is to make wine, they’d all be at it.

Fortunately most don’t and home-brewers like us end up looking like domestic geniuses. With several gallons of wine at our disposal…

I popped by to steal your topic-ball html but saw this post and it reminded me of a joke my grandfather used to tell about a horse, a vet, a urine sample, and some home-made wine… there’s a mix-up & the punch line is ‘Sir, your horse is very sick.’ I think your brew could fit in there somewhere…

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