Tillingham Flor Chardonnay 2021 NV

Tillingham Flor Chardonnay
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The weekend

Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Pale, Orangey, Textured

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Tillingham Flor Chardonnay , natural wine from Sussex, tiny production aged under flor yeast, subtle, textural wine with depth and complexity, sherry alternative.  This wine is a blend of two components: a barrel of Chardonnay from 2019 and one from 2020.  Both have been whole-bunch pressed and fermented and aged in old oak. During the ageing process, neither have been topped up and as a result have been ageing under flor.  Chardonnay 2019 has 32 month under flor and Chardonnay 2020 has 18 months under flor.  Like a light Manzanilla on the nose with notes of tangerine leads to a complex and textured palate, great aperitif.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural
Producer Tillingham
Country England
Region Sussex, England
Vintage NV
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Chardonnay
Alcohol 10.5% abv
Maturation An average of two years under Flor yeast
Total Sulphur Below 50 mg/litre
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 5-7 years
Food Matching Antipasti, Hard Cheese, Poultry

Tillingham is a fantastic project run by Ben Walgate in East Sussex.

It is situated off a winding country lane on a slope leading down to the Tillingham River which meanders down to Rye. Ben has already set about using organic compost across his five acres, and he plans to introduce sheep onto the land in the spring to help naturally control cover crop and weeds. He's even experimenting with biodynamic preparations (such as 500) so as to improve the health of his soil. Now here's a man who's serious about natural wine making!  In all Ben has planted around 10,000 plants including thirteen English and International grape varieties. His style is experimental, preferring natural methods and a 'try-it-and-see' approach, which is yielding some great results from this budding winemaker.  Great to see such passion and instinct from English wineries.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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