Ortega 2018, Westwell, England
Soft & floral - like lying under a blossoming Kent apple tree (without the hay fever)
Adrian Pike used to be in music - co-founding Moshi Moshi records (Forence and The Machine; Hot Chip). Then fell in love with wine... and now makes it at Westwell on the North Downs in Kent.
Adrian is one of the new wave of English winemakers experimenting with skin contact and amphora-aged wines, but also producing some more classic sparkling and still wines.
This Ortega (the name of the grape) is as good as its label suggests. Fermented with indigeneous yeasts, it is crisp with a satisfying honey note. There’s plenty to read on the side of the label, so we’ll stop here.