After 13 Years Tickerage Wine ventures into still wine production.....
Our aim was always to produce sparkling wines of the highest calibre and so all the different clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are sparkling varieties, chosen for their classic sparkling characteristics. Then came the summer of 2018. Unlike any other we have experienced since we planted in 2007, it was truly a viticulturists dream. And so we decided to make some still wines.
The Chardonnay clones gave us such a wealth of perfect fruit, it was hard to pick which blend we should go for. We love the result, we hope you do too. Once again, we only ran a small batch, just 3,000 bottles, and we are not sure if we'll ever make another, so have a taste and let us know what you think!
Aged for 11 months in tank and a further 11 months in bottle before release. Pale, lemony gold in colour, it has a fresh, zesty nose with hints of asparagus and tropical fruits. This unoaked Chardonnay has been created with minimal intervention and is unfiltered. This retains as much of the flavour as possible, fresh and creamy on the palate with notes of ripe lemon zest and fresh cut pineapple. A smooth, fresh finish with good longevity. Due to the minimal intervention this wine may develop small crystals. These are perfectly natural, not harmful and should not spoil your enjoyment of a wonderful Chardonnay!
3000 bottles produced
8.3 UK units
With nearly 2 years in tank, this gorgeous rosé from the epic 2018 harvest is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Pale copper in colour this wine has a delicate vanilla and rose petal aroma. The creaminess obtained by extended tank maturation combines perfectly with strawberries and cherries on the palate.
We were on holiday when the UK went into lockdown, and returned to a very different world, although life in the vineyard continued pretty much as usual for us. With the fabulous weather through April and May we would often finish work in the vines and retire to a little sun trap around the back of the winery. We particularly enjoyed sampling this rosé straight from the tank throughout this period, and so there are slightly less bottles available than pre lockdown quantities!!
This is a well balanced wine with a wonderful finish and will always remind us of those gloriously sunny days of early Summer 2020.
2000 bottles produced (minus a couple of dozen due to the perfect rosé drinking weather in April and May 2020!)
8.3 UK units
White Pinot Noir 2018
Also with nearly 2 years in tank, this was a little bit of a left field decision which came about by chance. The Pinot clones harvested in October 2018 were as deliciously ripe and perfect as the Chardonnays, and fermented without any drama before Winter 2018. Come early Summer 2019, we completed the blending trials for the 2018 sparklers and there was a small batch of Pinot Noir that didn't have a home in the blends. This did not mean it wasn't of a suitable quality, it's just the way it worked out. Furthermore, it tasted great! So the decision was made to complete the trio of stills with a white Pinot Noir.
Nearly all wine grapes have clear juice and Pinot Noir juice is no different. However, Pinot Noir wine is most commonly red in colour, gained by leaving the grape juice from pressing in contact with the skins of the grapes for an extended period, so that the colour from the skins is extracted by the juice. This colours the juice red (the depth of colour dependant on the length of time the juice is in contact with the skins). As we never intended to make a still Pinot Noir in October 2018, we pressed the grapes for sparkling production as usual. This is a very gentle process, with the only skin contact being the amount of time the grapes are in the press (a matter of hours rather than days). Hence our Pinot juice was clear - white Pinot Noir.
We tank aged this wine on a light lees, giving a soft and elegant Pinot. It is a light straw colour, with soft tropical fruits on the nose. It also offers up hints of pineapple and apricot. This wine has a full, silky mouth with a zesty nature and a gentle, tropical palate.
750 bottles produced
8.3 UK units
That completes our trio of still wines. Venturing into the still wine world is something we could consider due to the fabulous 2018 growing season. However, it is mostly due to Tickerage's small size, meaning we are able to react, adapt and change our winemaking decisions depending on current situations. This flexible approach allows us to create the best, and most exciting, wines every harvest for our customers.
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