Pétillant Rosé 2017 - Tillingham Estate

Tillingham Estate

Pétillant Rosé 2017

£23.00

The English wine scene is exploding right now. But few are as cool or highly sought-after as Tillingham. Tillingham Pétillant Rosé 2017 is as hypnotising as its label suggests, and at a lunchtime-friendly 10.5% things definitely won’t spiral out of control. Imagine eating wild strawberries, cream and shortbread, while sat on an oak barrel in an English orchard. That pretty much sums this wine up.

Made in a super trendy Pét-Nat style, which is short for pétillant naturel and is very much the big new thing in sparkling wine. Also known as ‘méthode ancestrale’, this style of wine has been around for some five centuries but has been reborn with vigour and vim recently. Tillingham’s Pétillant Rosé is crafted from the classic Champagne grape varieties plus Schönburger (a Pinot Noir crossing created in Germany), all of which are sourced from local growers in Kent and Sussex. These are foot-trodden twice daily for two days, partially aged in Burgundy barrels and then fermented with natural yeast. It’s bottled with some residual sugar, which continues to ferment giving the natural spritz. Undergoing only gentle filtration and no fining, this bone-dry sparkling wine is also vegan friendly.

Tillingham is a biodynamic English winemaker located in Peasmarsh, East Sussex. The slopes of the farm lead down to the Tillingham River, which wends its merry way towards Rye. Headed up by Ben Walgate, who made a name for himself at the highly respected Gusbourne Estate, Tillingham make English wine from their vineyards and carefully sourced parcels, and cider (sometimes under the Starvecrow brand) from their neighbour Steve’s orchard. Inspired by a tour of Burgundy, Ben introduced biodynamic farming methods, organic compost and free-roaming sheep to help improve the microbial life of the soil and the biodiversity of the area. He then met the legendary John Wurdeman of the Georgian winery Pheasant’s Tears, which triggered him to introduce qvevri (egg-shaped earthenware vessels that look a bit like amphora without handles) that he uses in some of his more recent wines and ciders.

£3.07 per 100.00ml

SKU No.: 2851671

Style No.: 708679

Country: England
Region: Sussex
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Closure: Crown Cap
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.5%
Volume: 750ml
Allergens: Sulphites

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