Qvevri Orange 2020
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Qvevri Orange 2020 - Tillingham
This Tillingham wine is a soft peachy orange in appearance. Bringing fruit, flowers, and delicate spice mingling with lychee, a spot of earl grey tea and some cardamom for good measure.
This soft orange wine is a nod to its humble beginning, this one is aged in traditional qvevri vessels at the farm in Sussex.
Tillingham is based near Rye on 70 acres of rolling East Sussex hills. Progressive and but rooted in ancient traditions champions a biodynamic way of farming that is grounded in sustainability.
The project, founded by farmer and winemaker Ben Walgate and begun in 2017, makes use of the diverse crop the farm is home to; vineyards, fruit trees, woodland and livestock. This range is a constant source of creativity for Tillingham, best showcased in the farm's 'Field Blends'. Elsewhere the wines produced on the farm are more familiar but all with a quality that Walgate can only describe as "Tillingham-y".
While much of their uniqueness is in the produce, Tillingham's dedication to craftsmanship and instinctive experimental processes, using for example spontaneous fermentation or barefoot treading, entertains risk for results that are being incredibly well-received. It's these practices that transform traditional grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir into Tillingham wines.
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