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End Grain, Tillingham 2019


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Ben grew up on a farm on the Lincolnshire Wolds, and his immersion in rural life from a young age has had a strong influence on his approach to wine… an interest which in turn was derived after visiting his first vineyard in Burgundy (one that is now certified biodynamic) aged 22. He knew immediately that he wanted to work with wine and immersed himself in various parts of the trade including winemaking and vineyard management, import and sales. His goal however was always to realise the original dream of owning and operating a small farm with a vineyard at its core. The farm he has found to start this project totals 70 acres, on which he intends to farm livestock and agro-forestry as well as the vines, of which five acres or so are going in to start with, with up to 30 acres possible in due course.

Hazy and pale green gold in appearance. Brimming with elderflower, citrus and white peach on the nose, with a hint of soft spicy notes. Saline, zesty and with grip from the skin contact and minerality from the concrete vats.

Producer   Tillingham

Origin Sussex, England

Grapes  Bacchus, Madeline Angevine, Ortega, Müller Thurgau

Vintage 2019

Alcohol 10%

Style Natural sparkling 

Bottle size 750ml

Winemaking Manually harvested. Ortega – crushed, destemmed and foot trodden. 10 days maceration before being pressed and finishing fermentation in stainless steel tank,transferred to old oak barrels for one month, before concrete vat for 6 months. Madeline Angevine – small amount (6%) whole bunch macerated for 3 days then pressed into stainless, remainder co-fermented with Bacchus in stainless steel. Bacchus – small amount (6%) fermented in stainless, remainder co-fermented with Mad Ang 38% (of total) has spent time in oak barrel. Müller Thurgau – whole bunches were pressed, juice fermented in stainless steel. The four parts were blended into stainless tank before bottling in small batches by gravity. No filtration nor fining.  Minimal sulphur added.

Notes Biodynamic, Natural, Organic,