Blanc de Blancs 2013 - Ancre Hill - Monmouth, Wales 75cl
BOTTLE SIZE: 75CL
THE WINEMAKER: ANCRE HILL
Richard Morris is a man of vision planting his vines over 15 years ago consisting of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay intended for use in sparkling wine, 6 hectares in total. There is also now Triomphe, enough for 1000 bottles, and Albarino. The vision Richard had was first to become organic and subsequently biodynamic, but also to recognise that his son David was the person who could carry this legacy on. David trained at Plumpton, worked at Nyetimber and then out in the vineyards for several producers in Calce, epicentre for orgainc viticulture, in Rousillon France. He is a friend of Thomas Teibert (Domaine de L'horizon) and a studious viticulturist, so passionate and dedicated that when you meet him it is suddenly easy to believe the biodynamic wines can be made in this corner of Wales.
The cellar is constructed of compressed straw bales and lime render to allow it to breath. They clean all their water using natural filtration pools (around which grow the plants used for the biodynamic preparations), have their own gyro-pallets, Nomblot eggs, Nomblot cubes, Damy barrels, Stockinger foudre and a few stainless steel vats. A seriously impressive operation and rendered totally real by David’s razor focused attitude and vision. The sparkling wines are very impressive, and the still wines have freshness and lightness of touch with complexity and real style. This is Wales, not Burgundy, but David has coaxed impressive character and drinkability from his fruit, and all without the use of chemicals. This is a truly visionary estate.
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