Ortega 2021, Westwell, England
2019 might have been a damp, cold vintage - but it produced an absolutely banging Ortega from Westwell, near Canterbury. If you like a steely Chablis, this is definitely worth a go. Crisp and linear with some white grapefruit and galia melon tones.
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 indigenous yeasts.There’s plenty to read on the side of the label, so we’ll stop here.