We think Ben Walgate's Tillingham project is one of the most interesting and exciting in the UK right now. He popped into our world with his zippy (and eye-catching) 2017 Pet Nat - a tart, rhubarb-fruited sparkler - and since then he's put out a small, well executed selection of wines, ranging from barrel-aged Chardonnay to Ortega matured in Georgian-style qvevri that Ben has had installed in his cellar. In this time he's also generated a huge demand for his wines. Following in the footsteps of British producers Ancre Hill and Davenport (in Wales and England respectively), Tillingham is all about embracing the natural approach; from well-sourced fruit to manual production, spontaneous fermentations and judicious use of additives in the wine. Soon he will use fruit from his own organic estate vineyards that are currently approaching maturity.
PN19, now the third vintage of this popular wine, features a slightly different blend of grapes to last year, all of which are sourced from local growers, some working conventionally and some biodynamically. Bright cherry and damsons, with floral notes, crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. At a lythe 10.5% this one drinks incredibly easily and is an absolute must for garden drinking on sunny days.