Ben says

★★ Great Wine Dry, oily and full with a fresh acidity thanks to an earlier harvest (for an already early ripening grape), this wine completely turned my opinion of Solaris upside down. Vivid in its fruit and satisfying in its texture, the Solaris finished in a supple and fruit-driven way worlds apart from the cloying and bloated Solaris I’ve tried before.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Solaris with 12.5% abv. Unoaked and dry (0g/L RS).

Grown in: Kent, ENGLAND.

Food Pairing

I recently visited Damascena, a restaurant and coffee house in Birmingham, which cooked up some fabulous middle eastern dishes that would marry so well with this Solaris. The slightly sour and warming spices in the chopped tomatoes and gravy of the fuul mahroos fava beans, or the delicious halloumi flatbread wrap with flecks of mint and pomegranate molasses. My mouth is watering just thinking about the pairing!

Disclosure & Price

Tasted at the Walker & Wodehouse portfolio tasting. Find in the UK for circa £20 at the Wine Caverns.

Reviewed and tasted: 20/02/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Silverhand Estate is located in Luddesdown, Kent, and is one of England’s largest wine producers. It takes its name from King Ludd, who lost his hand in battle and had a silverhand made for him. The estate stretches across Kent for 500 acres and is sustainably focused, utilising organic viticulture and introducing livestock. It is owned by Regus billionaire Mark Dixon’s MDCV Group, who manage Chateau de Berne, one of the largest vineyards in Provence with 1,000 acres, and the English fizz brands Kingscote in Sussex and Harlot in Kent.