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Westwell Skin Contact Ortega
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Westwell

Westwell Skin Contact Ortega

Country: England
Region: Kent
Grape: Ortega
Colour: Skin Contact
Bottle Size: 75cl
Alcohol: 11.5%
Vintage: 2020

"Pale gold, slightly cloudy. Smoky, lapsang aroma, notes of chamomile, dried grasses and bitter orange. Highly aromatic. A little sweaty on the palate, still that salty freshness on the finish but Ortega seems to be a very good vehicle for a skin-fermented white. Firmly tannic but not excessively so. Bitter orange and long finish. Drink 2021–2024" 16,5 points, Julia Harding MW

Adrian Pike took over the Westwell estate from previous owner John Rowe in 2017. This single estate vineyard is located on the chalky soil slopes of the North Downs in Kent, and is planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Ortega.

Prior to working in wine Adrian made his name in the independent music sector and has brought some of that spirit along with him into the English wine world. 

After graduating from Plumpton College,  Adrian gained experience at Davenport Vineyards, learning the importance, and sometimes difficulty, of organic viticulture in England. When he left to run Westwell he convinced viticulturist Marcus Goodwin (who was at Davenport for over 20 years) to join him.

Combined with a pragmatic approach to vineyard management and what is truly an exceptional vineyard site, we are thrilled to see the continuous developments occurring at Westwell.

 

Fermented on skins slowly using indigenous yeasts, then aged in old Burgundy barrels for 9 months before bottling - unfined & unfiltered.

Winemaker Adrian Pike commented:
“2020 harvest was an interesting one. Yields were down but the flavours were
up. As a result, we only have just over 1000 bottles produced of the 2020 Skin
Contact. This year, it’s fantastically textural with a delicious intensity. It’s full of fruit in the mid palate and finishes with the signature Westwell orange peel and
salinity”.

PRODUCER NOTES

Adrian Pike took over the Westwell estate from previous owner John Rowe in 2017. This single estate vineyard is located on the chalky soil slopes of the North Downs in Kent, and is planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Ortega.

Prior to working in wine Adrian made his name in the independent music sector and has brought some of that spirit along with him into the English wine world. 

After graduating from Plumpton College,  Adrian gained experience at Davenport Vineyards, learning the importance, and sometimes difficulty, of organic viticulture in England. When he left to run Westwell he convinced viticulturist Marcus Goodwin (who was at Davenport for over 20 years) to join him.

Combined with a pragmatic approach to vineyard management and what is truly an exceptional vineyard site, we are thrilled to see the continuous developments occurring at Westwell.

 

FARMING & WINEMAKING NOTES

Fermented on skins slowly using indigenous yeasts, then aged in old Burgundy barrels for 9 months before bottling - unfined & unfiltered.

Winemaker Adrian Pike commented:
“2020 harvest was an interesting one. Yields were down but the flavours were
up. As a result, we only have just over 1000 bottles produced of the 2020 Skin
Contact. This year, it’s fantastically textural with a delicious intensity. It’s full of fruit in the mid palate and finishes with the signature Westwell orange peel and
salinity”.