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Harvest 2022: Part One

Harvest 2022: Part One

Adrian Pike, Winemaker Harvest really starts for me once the sugar comes into the grapes and we can start to get an idea of flavours and what this year's fruit will give us. Last week's walk and taste with Marcus, our Vineyard Manager, picked up really lovely floral notes in the Meunier. I've always wanted to make a white still Meunier because with its delicate flavours and floral aromas, it feels like it would really work well. This year, it seems like the Meunier is on its way to being flavoursome and ripe with a soft acidity. The Ortega really...

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Vineyard Update: August 2022

Vineyard Update: August 2022

All over the southeast of England, grass is struggling with the dry weather, but the vines with their deep root systems are able to tap into moisture and are doing fine. This time in four weeks, the bright, hard, bullet-like grapes pictured will be purple-black, and will have swollen to twice the size, creating dense clusters of fruit. The sugar levels will have skyrocketed and the leaves will have started to enter their last stage, turning a pale yellow-green. This year, fruit is less abundant than you might assume - in part due to the wet weather last summer which...

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Bottling<br>and Tirage

Bottling
and Tirage

Tirage: a frantic, theatrical and intense period in any sparkling wine producer's year. Adrian preparing the wine. To explain what tirage is, we need to start at the beginning: harvest. After we have picked and pressed the fruit, the juice for our sparkling wine is fermented in tank to create a still base wine. During tirage (which usually takes place around June), the wine is bottled, and a mixture of wine, sugar and yeast is added to each bottle to create the chemical reaction which traps carbon dioxide in the bottle to produce the fizz. Unlike tank fermented sparkling wines,...

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Chardonnay<br>at Westwell

Chardonnay
at Westwell

It's easy to see why Chardonnay is the world's most popular white wine grape. It's hugely adaptable - in hotter climes creating primary flavoured, tropical, low acid wines, and in cooler climates like ours, consistently delivering fruit full of complex flavours to create everything from crisp and linear traditional method blanc de blancs to beautifully buttery, oaky stills. Chardonnay growing at Westwell To mark international Chardonnay day on 21st May, we thought we would tell you a little more about how we grow and process Chardonnay here at Westwell. Wherever you do it, making wine with Chardonnay always involves creating...

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