Pinot Gris 2020
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Pinot Gris 2020 - Tillingham
40% of the fruit was whole cluster fermented in concrete with a top of of Pinot Gris juice and then pressed after two weeks in stainless steel, the other 60% was crushed, destemmed and soaked for 6 days on skins and then fermented in BIG oak barrels.
A delicate amber colour, roséwater and orange rind on the nose, which develops into a crisp and refreshing finish.
Fridge this one up, then take it out and and let it open for a few minutes before serving.
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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