Tillingham End Grain 2020
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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: Muller Thurgau and Ortega soaked for 5 days on skins before being pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Bacchus soaked for 4 days on skins then pressed and fermented in barrel. Pinot Gris fermented in concrete tank as whole clusters (semi-carbonic maceration) and pressed after two weeks in stainless steel. All components are kept separate until bottling. Wine bottled by gravity with a small sulfur addition.
TASTING NOTES: Rose gold with an ethereal shimmer. A highly aromatic nose with magnolia and elderflower notes. Good grip from the maceration and bright acidity which underpins a lasting finish.