This is Tony’s version of a skin fermented wine – aka Orange wine, although a very clean one. Grapes de-stemmed, fermented for a short time on skins then pressed into a concrete egg for a further 11 months. This shows great Chardonnay fruit and there is the added element of the skin component giving some palate grip and an exoctic Marsanne/Rousanne pithy, orange peel, spice character. This wine succeeds in having the best of the skin contact element and purity of Chardonnay. An exciting wine.
"Following our theme of innovation, we have a spectacular ‘whole berry ferment’ wine to share with you. I have tried many ‘Orange’ wines that have been fermented on skins and left for long periods to age on skins, and to be honest, I usually find them excessively phenolic, bitter and often oxidative. So I have tried a very different approach!
Handpicked Chardonnay was gentle de-stemmed through a specialist Socma destemmer, resulting in whole berries and no stems. We then foot crushed the berries before fermenting in an open top fermenter in a chilled barrel room. As soon as the ferment was dry, we transferred the young wine to a concrete egg for 11 months maturation. The result is spectacular!!
Medium straw appearance. The aroma is lifted and exotically complex, with orange blossom, tangerine peel and grapefruit citrus notes mingling with riper tropical notes of mango and honeydew melon. There are nutty nougat nuances along with a touch of white pepper spice. The palate is full bodied and layered, with orange and apple notes mingling with hazelnut and almond. There is freshness and minerality here, with an oyster shell saltiness giving freshness and zing. The tannins are clothed in a richly textural coat. Tremendous presence and length on the palate. Truly unique and full of expression!"
Jamie Goode (2018 Vintage)
"Hand picked fruit put through a finger destemmer, whole berries into bins, foot trodden, and fermented in a chilled barrel room. Initially hand plunged, some delestage, and then pressed as soon as it finishes ferment to a concrete egg. This has an exotic nose of marmalade and rose petals, with a citrus drive on the palate."