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Producer: Blackbook WineryGrape Varieties: Chardonnay 50%, Pinot Gris 50%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Dry yet fruity whiteAlcohol by Volume: 11.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: England
From the Combe Bottom vineyard, a dynamic wine characterised by its funky bruised apple and flinty flavour, textured and spicy with a lovely fresh and vibrant finish.
Blackbook Winery is an urban winery located in a railway arch in Battersea, South London. Their philosophy is simple: blending tradition with innovation. The grapes are sourced from carefully selected growers, who have vineyards within hours of the city and high quality grapes. Blackbook endeavours to bring the hard work of the vineyard owners to the forefront, by creating a range of single vineyard wines that showcase the quality and potential of producing world-class still wine in England. Focussing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Blackbook uses a minimalist approach, with low to zero sulphur and natural yeasts, as they seek to reflect the vibrancy, culture and energy of London in their wines.
The 2019 vintage was a change of pace from the Indian summer of 2018. An early start was followed by frost in many vineyards and a wetter than usual May. While the weather during flowering was not ideal, June, July and August saw some exceptionally warm weather. This above-average summer was followed by extremely wet weather in September and October, which made picking the relatively large crop very challenging. At Blackbook, the harvest started on 18th of October and finished on the 28th.
The Mix Up Volume II is a blend made up of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Gris. The vines for this wine are grown in the single vineyard of ‘Coombe Bottom Vineyard’ in the rolling hills of Horsham in East Sussex. The two hectare site is southeast facing on a gentle slope, maximising exposure to the sun in the capricious English climate. The soils are made up of green sand. The vineyard is managed conventionally with hand harvesting of the grapes when they have reached optimal maturity.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Gris varieties were vinified separately. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed into 500 litre Burgundy barrels and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wines spent seven months in French oak of which 5% was new. Maturation took place on the lees, adding texture and volume to the palate; the two wines were then blended and bottled.
The Mix-Up Volume II is an aromatic wine with zesty lemon notes complemented by subtle vanilla, floral, ginger root and pink grapefruit. The refreshing and textured palate offers uplifting elements of white pepper and grapefruit through to a crisp finish.
Chardonnay 50%, Pinot Gris 50%
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