Tillingham PN18 Rose Pet Nat 2018
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I bet you’d never see one of these – an English (Rose) Pet Nat! The Tillingham PN18 is a blend of Ortega, Müller Thurgau, Dornfelder, Rondo and Pinot Noir grapes, partially fermented on skins, and using only indigenous yeast, with no fining, filtration or added sulphur.
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 winemaker of traditional English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber.
Tillingham PN18 is a lovely rose pink colour with some natural sediment, the PN18 has aromas of hedgerow fruits and rhubarb with a cream soda and autolytic nose. Crisp acidity and a persistent mousse mean the wine is very refreshing, fruit forward and easy to drink.
“The Tillingham Wines project is alive and kicking with the early release of his wines selling like “hot cakes” to leading restaurants and independent wine merchants who have been captured by the “human face” of an English wine story”
This wine is seriously hard to get your hands on, most retailers are offering it in sales 2 bottles per person, so grab yours before they’re gone!