This glorious Pinot Meunier, with a light tickle of Pinot Noir, is defined by expressive notes of pomegranate, chocolate and coffee. Light in body, yet very generous with flavour. As the winery puts it, 'Saw Pit' has a 'silky palate which reflects the combination of the clay-dominant soil of this vineyard and the warm, dry vintage.'2020 was the first vintage for Tillinghams own, biodynamically grown estate fruit. They describe this as "The culmination of four years of toil and discovery, these wines are the start of a new era for us and an indication of what lies ahead."
This 50cl bottle reflects the demand for Tillingham's wines. They chose to bottle in this smaller format, so there would be more to share around. Proof that small packages often play host to great things. It's been so popular, that we only have three bottles of each to share - once they're gone, they're gone!
Ben Walgate grew up on a farm in rural Lincolnshire. ‘This was hugely significant in my upbringing,’ he says, ‘just having this connection with the land. I never really thought about this until fairly recently when I had my own farm, how at ease I feel with it all.’ 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 uses organic compost across his five acres, and he plans to introduce sheep onto the land to help naturally control his cover crop and weeds. He's experimenting with biodynamic preparations to improve the health of his soil. 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. It's exciting to see such passion and instinct from English wineries.
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