Westwell Estate, Ortega Rosé 2020, Kent Downs England

Westwell Estate, Ortega Rosé 2020, Kent Downs England

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Low ABV 0-11.5 , Organic , Vegan ,
11.5% Vol
Grapefruit, Elegant, Floral
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A first for Westwell, this is a co-ferment (all the grapes in together) of Ortega and Regent. Using indigenous yeast the wine is fermented in stainless steel. Adrian feels that by co-fermenting the grapes it creates a more coherent and complex wine. A fine English rosé.

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.

A great English wine from a very standard setting producer

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