Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnary from the UK
"Hand harvested then shipped by Renegade in refrigerated trucks at 2˚C direct to the London winery.
A percentage was fermented on skins and the rest was whole bunch pressed.
Fermented (using only wild yeasts - no yeast added) in old oak ex Burgundy and ex Hungarian barrels (90%) and new French oak barrels (10%).
Weekly battonage and daily train battonage (The Overground). Aged in barrels for 7 months. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
What's the wine like? A salty, minerally, lemon peely, zesty Chardonnay, but with a unique and differentiating English twang. The cooler climate and winemaking touches has given this a lovely mid palate acidity that is ever so more-ish. This is the kind of wine you may want to drink cases of..... The oak is soft, well integrated and not overpowering. You can really taste the fruit. It's gone through full malolactic fermentation so it's got a nice mouthfeel and soft creaminess without losing the freshness. As you can probably tell, I love this wine. ;)
Who is Sara? She's a retired French teacher and she lives with her husband down in East Sheen, SW London. Make sure you don't get your 'le's or your 'la's mixed up. Oh, and it's 'Madame Gray' to you lot. Don't call her Sara in class please!
If anyone cares, this wine, like all our wines, is vegan friendly. This does not mean they wave to vegans in the street, they are just made without the use of any animal based winemaking products."
About the producer
Started making wine in 2016. We now make around 12-14 wines a year, from classical
styles with a twist to wines that are entirely unique. Alongside our core range we make a variety of new styles each year. We produce around 40-60,000 bottles annually. This may sound like a lot but it we are quite small for a commercial winery.
The benefit of being an urban winery that works with small vineyards is that we can cherry pick the best fruit, grown by the best people. Vineyards do not always have the best growing seasons year after year.
This also allows us to source 50% of our grapes from Europe, such as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany, while the rest comes from sunny England. Working with grapes from such diverse climates means there are almost no limits to what styles we can make!