2019 Tillingham Col

East Sussex, England

English frizzante wine, a sparkling that is not a Pet Nat, not a Methode Traditionelle but a tasty in-betweener.



About The Wine

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

About Tillingham

Tillingham is at the cutting edge of the growing English wine industry, which was always the goal of founder Ben Walgate.

Located a few miles back from the English Channel, near the port town of Rye, Ben only planted vines in 2017 - he now has 20 different varieties over 70 acres, some of which are vines but much of which is given over to livestock or fruit orchards.

Low to no sulphur, biodynamic farming, skin-contact winemaking and aging in clay amphora - this ticks all the lo-fi hipster boxes, and yet we're in deepest conservative, rural England!

Tillingham vineyard and winery
Tillingham vineyard and winery
East Sussex, England
Additional Info

From The Producer

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

Blend : Pinot Noir, Auxerrois, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
ABV : 9
Closure : crown cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Tilllingham founder Ben Walgate
Tilllingham founder Ben Walgate
East Sussex, England
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"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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