A Fermament 2017
A Wine That
proves many wrong. Several have said that it's not possible to grow and create a wine like this in England. This is a Sauvignon Blanc that stands on its own; a wine that laughs in the face of adversity and lifts its chin defiantly. With layers of nutmeg, spice and orange blossom, this has all the best elements of millefeuille pastry, without the sugar. It's a rare gem that calls for sharing, and one that will divert conversations of politics to musings on art.
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- Winemaker: Charlie Herring
Where and How?
Grown organically with biodynamic methods, this is a Sauvignon Blanc from a one-acre Victorian walled garden Hampshire, lovingly restored and transformed into a vineyard by Tim Phillips.
In his words,
"This is our first release of an extended skin contact white wine from Sauvignon Blanc. Often referred to as orange wine, it has been a fascinating journey. Long interested in this style of wine, it was the relatively high acidity in the 2017 vintage that encouraged us to try skin contact, primarily as a way to naturally reduce acid through reaction with the skins to settle out some tartrates. One thing led to another and before long three months had passed. The ferment was so exciting to taste at this point and we pressed it off skins on Christmas Eve. The phenolics at this stage were quite aggressive and so barrel aging to enable micro-oxygenation was in order, and after 14 months in barrel the wine went into tank to consolidate. We bottled in September 2019 with a view to holding for 12 months before release but a recent tasting brought this date forward as it has come together very well."
Charlie Herring is Tim Phillips. His father used to draw cartoons signed by a fictitious Charlie Herring, but throughout the years, the notion of Charlie Herring has become less fictitious and rather symbolic of a greater purpose in life. Therefore, Tim is Charlie, and you can be Charlie, too.
He grew up in Hampshire—not far from where he has settled (somewhat by chance). One day in 2007 he was cycling to his parents’ house and stopped right by a sign advertising a walled garden for sale. He poked his head in and spoke to the owners, who revealed they had just been about to give up and take the sign down due to lack of interest. Was this coincidence or fate? Or was this Charlie Herring’s doing?
This walled garden would become home to one acre of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. It wasn’t so much a walled garden as it was a jungle at the time— having been sold off from the hotel next door in the 70s, it had fallen into marvellous disarray, with several centimetres of topsoil having regenerated over the Victorian tennis court bordering it, and trees and artichoke plants crawling over one another forming a tangled wilderness. It took him two days to get from one side to the other.
But Tim wasn’t always a fully-fledged wine geek, Victorian greenhouse repairer and conservationist. How did he get here? Via Italy, South Africa and Australia.