Tillingham Unoaked Pinot Noir 2020

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REGION:
Peasmarsh, East Sussex, England
GRAPES:
Pinot Noir
VINEYARD:
Conventional
CELLAR:
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites
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Pale cherry red (almost Jura-esque) which aligns with the bright acidity and light tannins. The nose packs a punch of freshly milled black pepper and crushed stawberries & blackberries. This is the unoaked version; a pretty, nimble wine with plenty of cool-climate freshness and crunch. So good! We only got one case, so don't hang about.

Semi carbonic: tank filled with whole cluster then topped with Pinot Noir juice. Pressed after five days and aged in concrete for six months, then racked to stainless steel and bottled by gravity with a small sulphur addition.

 

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 wide-ranging well executed selection of wines, 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. The 2020 vintage marks the first to use fruit from his own organic estate vineyards that have now reached maturity.