NAME: The Field Blend
STYLE: English dry still pink-ish wine
VARIETIES: 35% Seyval, 30% Solaris, 10% Bacchus, 10% Regent, 10% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Gris
A real taste of Matt Gregory’s style and vineyard. On the dark side of pink this refreshing session wine surprises with a wonderful burst of Vimto with hints of cherry and summer berries. At 10% this really is a wine to enjoy all day long.
Solaris was first to be picked and was fermented 50% whole bunch and 50% pressed juice and left for two weeks post alcoholic fermentation before being pressed to tank. The balance of the grapes were the last to be picked, they were destemmed and co-fermented on skins for a week before being pressed. The co-ferment established a yeast flor or veil and was aged under it for 3 months. Sulphur was added at the rate of 20ppm just before bottling but the wine was not fined or filtered.
VEGAN/VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY: Yes
EGG/MILK ALLERGENS: No
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.