The Tillingham Pet Nat Rose has arrived with us – not to be confused with the PN18 though!!
Ben grew up on a farm on the Lincolnshire Wolds, and his immersion in rural life from a young age has had a strong influence on his approach to wine… an interest which in turn was derived after visiting his first vineyard in Burgundy (one that is now certified biodynamic) aged 22. He knew immediately that he wanted to work with wine and immersed himself in various parts of the trade including winemaking and vineyard management, import and sales. His goal, however, was always to realise the original dream of owning and operating a small farm with a vineyard at its core. The farm he has found to start this project totals 70 acres, on which he intends to farm livestock and agroforestry as well as the vines, of which five acres or so are going in to start with, with up to 30 acres possible in due course.
Ben is known for creating wines in Georgian qvevri vessels, this is what makes Tillingham unique. The Tillingham PN18 Rose Pet Nat is produced in Peasmarsh East Sussex at the Tillingham vineyard. It’s set amongst 70 acres of rolling hills and woodlands with far-reaching views along the Tillingham River valley and across to the fortified, hill-top town of Rye, East Sussex, to the sea and the Romney salt marshes beyond. Tillingham is committed to farming in a diverse, poly-cultural way, they believe this is not only a highly sustainable approach but in conjunction with biodynamics, aims to restore soils to an optimum level of organic matter and microbial and wider ecological diversity. Ben Walgate was formerly CEO of Gusbourne wine estate in Ashford.
Ben’s Pet Nat Rose 2018 has some nutty, red fruit aromas, alongside a biscuit, bready character. It’s persistent, but gentle bubbles, support a medium palate with a smidgen of elusive oak character