Grapes grown in Herefordshire, UK
Wine fully made in London, UK
Grape variety: Bacchus
Hand harvested then shipped by Renegade in refrigerated trucks at 2˚C direct to the London winery
Dry. Elderflowers. Peach. Apricots. Aromatic and Fresh. English sparkling wine the way it could be!!
So Jamie is a 'Nat Fizz' (Naturally Fizzy), the French call this style 'Pet Nat'. Essentially this wine ferments and goes fizzy in the bottle using only the naturally occuring yeasts and underlying sugar present in the grape juice. We don't add anything at all to this wine. We press the grapes, ferment the juice in chilled stainless steel tanks before transfering the still fermenting wine to bottle before the end of the first and only fermentation. In case you are not aware, Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Cremant and almost every other sparkling wine style globally undergoes 2 fermentations.
This is a hard wine to make in a consistent, clean, fresh, predictable and repeatable style. It is not a wine you can make in a bulk, industrial style. It is a tough one to get right. We only make around 2,500 bottles of this wine a year.
We add nothing at all. So no fining, addatives, sulphur, filtration or sugar, water, animal based products or riddling agents. Litterally this is grape juice fermented in a bottle.
The only winemaking process that we needed to do on this wine was to riddle and disgorge it. Essentially because of the yeast and tartrate crystals that remain in the bottle after the fermentation we needed to take them out. Not because we wanted a super clear wine, but because of the tendancy of this wine to 'gush' or fizz like a mad man one you open the bottle. The only way to significantly reduce this was to take the cloudy bits out. It isn't crystal clear, in fact it's a little cloudy, but not crazy.
Jamie works as a machine operator in Essex. He's a lovely bloke and this bottle is Jamie at 43 yrs old. You may have tried Jamie, 41 or 42, last year. This wine is a little different but still Jamie. 2020 was a lovely growing year and the general level of sugar and grape ripeness was a littel up on 2019. This allowed a little more skin contact and texture.
If anyone cares, this wine, like all our wines, is vegan friendly. This doesn't mean they wave to vegans in the street, they are just made without the use of any animal based winemaking products.