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Westwell Special Cuvée Late Disgorged
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Westwell

Westwell Special Cuvée Late Disgorged

Country: England
Region: Kent
Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Colour: White
Bottle Size: 75cl 
Alcohol: 12% 
Vintage: 2015

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. 

With his first year spent getting used to his new surroundings Adrian 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.  

He will not be certified, as this is just too much of a risk in such a marginal climate, but wherever he can will always opt for the most sustainable option.  In the winery every fermentation is attempted with its indigenous yeast, only choosing to inoculate if absolutely necessary. 

Westwell have also produced the first amphora wine and adding their first Pét Nat to the line-up in 2018, along with a Pinot Noir Rosé made sans souffre and a ‘Field’ blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, also made without any additions of sulphur.  Both are due for release in Spring 2019.

Bottled in 2015, and disgorged in late December 2019 this has spent nearly 5 years on the lees. It is a very small production wine that shows the phenomenal potential for the Westwell site.

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. 

With his first year spent getting used to his new surroundings Adrian 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.  

He will not be certified, as this is just too much of a risk in such a marginal climate, but wherever he can will always opt for the most sustainable option.  In the winery every fermentation is attempted with its indigenous yeast, only choosing to inoculate if absolutely necessary. 

Westwell have also produced the first amphora wine and adding their first Pét Nat to the line-up in 2018, along with a Pinot Noir Rosé made sans souffre and a ‘Field’ blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, also made without any additions of sulphur.  Both are due for release in Spring 2019.

FARMING & WINEMAKING NOTES

Bottled in 2015, and disgorged in late December 2019 this has spent nearly 5 years on the lees. It is a very small production wine that shows the phenomenal potential for the Westwell site.