Col '19, Tillingham (East Sussex, England)

Col '19, Tillingham (East Sussex, England)

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Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Style: Col Fondo Prosecco
ABV: 11.5%
Any added sulphites: Minimal
Filtered: No
Size: 75cl

Pale gold and slightly hazy (undisgorged), the Col has very soft small bubbles. Aromas of toasty, creamy baked apples are contrasted by fresh acidity and a dry long finish.

Col is short for Col Fondo, the Italian term that describes the 'ancestral method' of refermentation in the bottle without disgorgement. This wine is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, part fermented in oak barrels, before bottling in the spring with a small addition of sugar, which is then refermented by wild yeast.

Tillingham is the brainchild of Ben Walgate, who has quickly become a winemaker to keep your eye on. The primary focus of the label is ecological biodiversity, which has led to the production of distinct, exciting wines. Using natural methods, they combine ancient traditional farming techniques and contemporary best practice to create a range of low intervention wines that allow the grapes to really shine.