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Westwell Ortega Amphora
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Westwell

Westwell Ortega Amphora

Country: England
Region: Kent
Grape: Ortega
Colour: White
Bottle Size: 75cl
Alcohol: 12.5%
Vintage: 2017

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.

 

Fermented in a traditional bespoke terracotta Amphora, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, gives very different fermentation characteristics and hence flavours, to this white wine.  Fermented and aged on its lees in terracotta and only lightly filtered has given candied peel and grapefruit on the nose with a long and honeyed dry zesty finish.  It has made this Ortega more robust with greater staying power and added new dimensions not found by fermenting in stainless steel tanks or barrels.

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

Fermented in a traditional bespoke terracotta Amphora, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, gives very different fermentation characteristics and hence flavours, to this white wine.  Fermented and aged on its lees in terracotta and only lightly filtered has given candied peel and grapefruit on the nose with a long and honeyed dry zesty finish.  It has made this Ortega more robust with greater staying power and added new dimensions not found by fermenting in stainless steel tanks or barrels.