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Our First
Pink Pet Nat

We’re very excited to be releasing our first Pink Pet Nat this year - made with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay macerated on skins for a long weekend. This is a an untamed and fruity affair with a palate of ripe red apple, raspberries and sherbet. It’s an easy drinker which is just as at home with oysters or chips as it is on its own. We’ve been enjoying it as an aperitif or with anything salty, potato-y and hearty. Winemaker Adrian explains “The Pet Nats are real favourites at Westwell. The first to be released each year, they’re one of the first indications of the quality of a vintage. We now make three Pet Nats: The Petulant Nature...

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Harvest
Report 2021

In 25 years of growing grapes in this country, this year has been the most challenging. There were times when we doubted whether we would actually have any ripe fruit - and in fact, if we hadn’t had four weeks of sunshine in September, we would have been harvesting grapes with a potential alcohol of about 6 – 7%, so thank you September! To understand the reasons for the grape yields achieved in 2021, we have to look back at the very difficult growing conditions during the year. Unseasonably cold weather during April and May resulted in a delayed start to shoot growth in the vineyard of almost four weeks. Frost had been a constant threat during this period, though...

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Ripening in
the Vineyard

The speed of ripening is slow and languorous affair in England and in fact, it’s this long ripening that gives the fruit a longer time than in warmer climes to develop deep, complex and interesting flavours - one of the reasons that our sparkling wines are world class. Though slow, our ripening times are varied, but as a rule of thumb, from veraison (when fruit gets its colour) to harvest takes about four weeks. Ortega is the earliest ripening fruit generally followed by Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. We finish with Chardonnay around three weeks later. The spaced out ripening and harvest dates are great for us as they allow us some grace to pick everything at the right time...

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What is
Canopy Management?

Right now Marcus, Adam and Jeanette are busy with canopy management - tucking much of this beautiful unruly growth into the foliage wires to make sure everything’s in place for the current phase: flowering, fruit set and ripening. Marcus explains a little more about what canopy management is in his latest blog post.

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