The Merlot is from a farm in Hope Valley and the Pinot from the Piccadilly Valley. The remaining 15% is made up of the settled lees wine of all Anton’s other wines from 2020. It’s savoury and bright, and very easy drinking. After some fairly wild results in previous vintages we feel that these wines from 2020 show a real delicacy and refinement, and mark a step in a new direction.
"‘Natural wine’ is simply wine made from grapes. But it is so much more, because ‘natural’ is not greed, capitalism, chemical, or control. It is a metamorphosis to allow the archetypal beverage to form. Therefore, natural wine cannot be made by greedy people; you must have a relationship with the vines that offer you their fruit, and it would be a sin to manipulate them with chemicals, so they must be farmed organically. To adulterate nature’s work by filtering, fining, or any addition, including small amounts of sulfur, is not natural. I’m proud to be amongst the makers of these wines. Even though there are high risks of volatile acidity, mousiness, brettanomyces, and lactic acid bacteria fermentation, it is enlivening to learn the skills and walk with nature. The most challenging part of natural winemaking is to live with the naysayers who choose recipe over craft. I am thankful for those who support natural wine. It is good for your body and creates a more beautiful world"