NAME: The Ancestral Red
GRAPES: 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Gris
VEGAN/VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY: Yes
EGG/MILK ALLERGENS: No
PRODUCTION: 318 bottles
Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris were de-stemmed, crushed and fermented together. Fermentation was kick started by the addition of Pied de Cuve culture that we started in the vineyard 10 days previously.
The ferment was treated very gently throughout and not plunged or pumped over and was pressed out in a traditional basket press when alcoholic fermentation had finished.
Some of its reserved juice was blended back into the wine prior to bottling. The wine was bottled without being fined or filtered and no additions were made (no added sulphur)
It is red and it is fizzy, it is an English Autumnal country walk (hips, haws, sloes) in a glass, it would have made a cracking still wine in retrospect but that is the beauty of hindsight.
Walton Brook is a 2 hectare (5 acre) vineyard which is South facing and 100metres above sea level, one of the highest points on the Leicestershire Wolds. It comprises of 200 million year old Jurassic fine grained limestone mud made up from carbonates of coral and shell. This is overlain with 2 million year old glacial deposits featuring limestone, flint and ironstone.
Planted in 2009/2010 originally with Solaris, Seyval Blanc, Regent and Madeleine Angevine and then subsequently with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Bacchus.
Set in the middle of a 500 acre conventional arable farm the vineyard is looked after organically but will never achieve official status due to its location.
2020 was a low yielding harvest due to the devastation of heavy frosts in mid May 2020, but the beautiful weather in September helped to produce really fantastic quality fruit. The grapes were all hand harvested in early October.
Ideally these wines should be served after being chilled upright, there is the potential for a bit of gushing if the bottle has been handled roughly before serving, but treated with care it should all stay in the bottle until you pour it.