2019 Tillingham Col

Tillingham |East Sussex |Chardonnay
English frizzante wine, a sparkling that is not a Pet Nat, not a Methode Traditionelle but a tasty in-betweener.

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Really enjoyable slightly sparkling bubbly with a nod to the natural side of the wine spectrum.

The 'Col' is a nod to the Italian sparkling style known as Col Fondo (the precursor to Prosecco), where there is a second fermentation on the yeast lees, but no disgorgement at the end (as they do with most sparklings and Champagne).

So the wine is bottled hazy and a touch nutty and yeasty but this Tilllingham release is plenty bracing too, with crunchy citrus and grapefruit, and a bitter twang. A dry style

Hazy, pale green gold in appearance. Salty lemon and green apple aromas lead on to a zippy palate: bright and slightly creamy with good length and grip.

– Pinot Noir: Whole bunch pressed, fermented
in stainless steel.

– Auxerrois: 23% whole bunch pressed, fermented in steel, the other 6% macerated on skins for 24 hours before pressing to Qvevri.

– Chardonnay: Whole bunch pressed to stainless steel

– Pinot Meunier: Whole bunch pressed fermented in Qvevri

– The four parts were blended into stainless tank before bottling in small batches by gravity with 8 g/l added sugar. Refermented in bottle with wild yeast. Undisgorged

91 Points - "Some of the growers are certified organic, some are conventionally farmed. Sussex wine producer Tillingham is at the forefront of avant garde wine styles and committing to land under vine (including 21 varieties of late, hybrid, Germanic and other). Pinot noir, auxerrois, chardonnay, meunier. Some qvevri in the mix. Not really a col fondo, kind of innoculated with sugary wine to kick off the fizz.

Tangy, tart and very racy, distinctly steely and lemony, a starburst of grapefruity zing to finish. Brisk and breathtaking with its freshness and palate zapping freshness. Bright, clean bubbles, a little yeasty funk and cashew nuttiness in the mix." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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