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Qvevri Dharc Tillingham Estate 2018 SKIN CONTACT WHITE

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One Line Description Qvevri Dharc Tillingham Estate 2018 SKIN CONTACT WHITE, Natural wine from England, Skin Maceration, aged in Qvevri, (Georgian Amphorae) 100% Chardonnay, delicious and intriguing English Chardonnay.
Production Method Natural
Country England English
Region Sussex, England
Producer Tillingham
Vintage 2018
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol 11% abv
Terroir Clay and Chalk
Total Sulphur Level Below 35 mg/l
Maturation Six months in Qvevri, 6 months in 4th fill oak barrels
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 5 years plus
Production Detail Chardonnay from Chalk in Surrey and clay in Kent, 4,500 vines per hectare, double and single guyot, grown conventionally, hand harvested, wild ferment, zero filtration, zero fining, low sulphites.
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan, Skin Contact White Wine, Unfined, Funky Aromas, Unfiltered
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Qvevri Dharc Tillingham Estate SKIN CONTACT WHITE, Natural wine from England, Skin Maceration, aged in Qvevri, (Georgian Amphorae) 100% Chardonnay, delicious and intriguing English Chardonnay. Two lots of Chardonnay one from chalk soil and one from clay soil, were destemmed and foot crushed,and macerated for 48 hours, before being divided into two Qvevri, one with 10% skins, the other without. After six months in Qvevri the wines were pumped out to 4th fill oak barrel for another 6 months ageing, before being gravity fed into bottle with no fining, or filtration and with a tiny amount of sulphur. 'Saline and citrus mingle with a nutty twist on the nose, slightly grippy on the palate from the Qvevri influence leading in to a slightly buttery, rounded finish from the oak barrels. Taut acidity, reminiscent of Chablis of a bygone era.' Ben Walgate.


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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