The fruit was destemmed into a stainless-steel vat, with a focus on whole berry fermentation, together with a small number of whole bunches. Fermentation commenced spontaneously with ambient yeasts and lasted 14 days. The maturation period was six months in an old large-format French oak foudre, where the wine underwent indigenous malolactic fermentation. The wine was bottled without fining, with minimal filtration and minimal SO2.
The nose has lifted aromas of raspberry and strawberry, together with aromatic florals of rose and violet, and is underpinned by spicy whole bunch notes. A soft and juicy texture and bright fruit flavours give the wine freshness and vibrancy, while the savoury tannins provide structure and complexity. Ready to drink now.
The Winefront, October 2021
The 2020 was decent but this is a step up. Good times to be had here. It’s light but it has some presence, and some character. Strawberry and red cherry flavours with twig and herb notes tossed through. Smoky reduction put to positive effect. A keen tension throughout, aided by a light line of acidity. Bang on. Lovely.
Our ‘pilot’ wines bring to bottle the experimentation and play of the winemaking team…
Experimentation is an essential element of our winemaking philosophy. It sees us developing and trialling various winemaking techniques, reassessing and expanding on traditional methods, highlighting specific parcels of fruit and exploring diverse wine styles. We are excited to share some of the results with our ‘pilot’ wines.