Tillingham COL Sparkling
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PRODUCER: Tillingham is set amongst 70 acres of rolling hills and woodlands with far reaching views along the Tillingham River valley and across to the fortified, hill top town of Rye, East Sussex, to the sea and the Romney salt marshes beyond. This mixed farm, which dates from the 13th century, is home to vineyards, fruit trees, ancient woodland and livestock. The recently renovated farmstead provides a place for visitors to stay and enjoy the produce of the farm and the local area.Our philosophy at Tillingham would be best summarised as progressive: incorporating what we know of the best scientific and technological knowledge available to us, whilst championing ancient traditions and best practice learnt from millennia of farming and winemaking. Tillingham are committed to farming in a diverse, poly-cultural way, they believe this is not only a highly sustainable approach, but in conjunction with biodynamics, aims to restore soils to an optimum level of organic matter and microbial and wider ecological diversity.
WINEMAKING: Col is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, a mix of whole bunch and destemmed, crushed and macerated fruit, naturally fermented with own yeasts in a mixture of tank and 30% 2nd fill Burgundy barrels, then blended and bottled by gravity. 8 g/l of sugar were added to start the second fermentation, which completed to dryness with its yeasts. Nothing was added and the wine was not disgorged and thus remains on its lees.
TASTING NOTES: Pale gold and slightly hazy (undisgorged), the Col has very soft small bubbles. Aromas of toasty, creamy baked apples are contrasted by fresh acidity and a dry long finish.