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Westwell Pulp Friction
Westwell Pulp Friction
£12.75

Westwell

Westwell Pulp Friction

Country: England
Region: Kent
Grape: Pinot Meunier Skins
Colour: Skin Contact
Bottle Size: 75cl
Alcohol:  
Vintage: 2019

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.

 

Piquette is not techinically a wine, in that it is not made from fermented grapes. Instead, the grape pomace - in this case leftover from the pressing of all the grapes that Adrian has - is mixed with water and left to ferment what sugars remain. Adrian then adds local honey. 

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

Piquette is not techinically a wine, in that it is not made from fermented grapes. Instead, the grape pomace - in this case leftover from the pressing of all the grapes that Adrian has - is mixed with water and left to ferment what sugars remain. Adrian then adds local honey.