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Westwell Chardonnay
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Westwell

Westwell Chardonnay

Country: England
Region: Kent
Grape: Chardonnay
Colour: White
Bottle Size: 75cl
Alcohol: 12.5%
Vintage: 2018

Adrian Pike used to be in the music industry, forming Moshi Moshi Records and State 51. When the time came for a change in life, he chose winemaking. After graduating from Plumpton College he went to work at Davenport, there learning the importance, and sometimes difficulty, of organic viticulture in England. In 2016 an opportunity came up to buy Westwell Wine Estate, a south facing slope on chalk soil in the Kent Downs planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Ortega. Adrian is joined by viticulturist Marcus Goodwin who was at Davenport Vineyards for over 20 years.

With their first year spent getting used to new surroundings Westwell took things a little more experimental in 2017, and then further still in 2018. Opting to reduce the sprays from 4 times a year, to 2 times a year to, in 2019 only once a year (in Spring) he is working practically organically. They will not be certified, as this is just too much of a risk in such a marginal climate, but will always opt for the most sustainable option.

 

Chardonnay - Clone 121, 750 Kilos picked on the 20th October 2018 - Picked at 20 Brix and 9 TA.

Winemaking: Pressed gently and fermented in a stainless steel tank with indigenous yeasts.Temperature kept below 20 degrees and transferred to old Burgundy barrels for 12 months before being bottled. 60ppm Sulphur added in barrel.

Bottled: 3rd March 2020 - Gravity filler, no filtration or additions.

PRODUCER NOTES

Adrian Pike used to be in the music industry, forming Moshi Moshi Records and State 51. When the time came for a change in life, he chose winemaking. After graduating from Plumpton College he went to work at Davenport, there learning the importance, and sometimes difficulty, of organic viticulture in England. In 2016 an opportunity came up to buy Westwell Wine Estate, a south facing slope on chalk soil in the Kent Downs planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Ortega. Adrian is joined by viticulturist Marcus Goodwin who was at Davenport Vineyards for over 20 years.

With their first year spent getting used to new surroundings Westwell took things a little more experimental in 2017, and then further still in 2018. Opting to reduce the sprays from 4 times a year, to 2 times a year to, in 2019 only once a year (in Spring) he is working practically organically. They will not be certified, as this is just too much of a risk in such a marginal climate, but will always opt for the most sustainable option.

 

FARMING & WINEMAKING NOTES

Chardonnay - Clone 121, 750 Kilos picked on the 20th October 2018 - Picked at 20 Brix and 9 TA.

Winemaking: Pressed gently and fermented in a stainless steel tank with indigenous yeasts.Temperature kept below 20 degrees and transferred to old Burgundy barrels for 12 months before being bottled. 60ppm Sulphur added in barrel.

Bottled: 3rd March 2020 - Gravity filler, no filtration or additions.