Tasting Chardonnay a little differently.
Sussex : Chardonnay
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Chardonnay 2020 - Tillingham
The first fermentation is whole bunch in stainless steel. The malolactic fermentation comes next to give a beautiful buttery finish and remove unwanted extra acidity. After eight months aging on lees in both stainless steel and barrels, the Chardonnay is blended and bottled with a small addition of sulphur.
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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