Black Mountain Brut Rose
Black Mountain Brut Rose is pale golden pink colour. The nose displays peach, citrus and orange blossom. On the palate you’ll find crunchy apple, lime and ripe peach.
2017 was also before we started our organic certification, however no herbicides or insecticides were used, and only minimal fungicides were sprayed. The grapes were picked by hand and lightly pressed. Light skin-contact was used to give the must a Provencal pink tinge. The juice was then allowed to settle and the clear must racked before fermentation. The wine was left on its lees in tank for 9 months. Bottled in summer 2018 and left to age for 18 months; in which time secondary fermentation took place. The bottles were riddled and disgorged by hand
In early 2008 a friend asked if we would be interested in looking at a field in the golden valley in Herefordshire near to the welsh boarder. One visit to this steep, south facing, staggeringly sunny sheep field was all it took and by spring 2009 4000 vines were on their way from France and planting started.
We managed to get a team of volunteers together and after a tough week of back breaking work our vineyard was underway.
The first varieties we planted were Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. The following year we planted another 1500 vines including Pinot Grigio, Siegerrebe and more Pinot Noir (we had slightly less volunteers!)
For the next few years we worked hard on the vines to ensure they were growing as healthily as possible. We built trellis, we mowed, we strimmed, we pruned we gave them natural fertiliser and developed the site.
Mark and Laura planted the vineyard in 2009. Before moving to Hereford to start this adventure mark had studied for a BSc (hons) in Viticulture and Oenology at Plumpton college in Sussex. As well as studying the theory of vines and wines he worked at several vineyards in the local area including one organic producer.
He then travelled to France to work harvests in Languedoc and Fronton in South West France. We do all the work on the vineyard and in the winery ourselves unless we can rope in some friends to help us!
“We try and use nature as much as possible and are currently converting our vines to organic standards through the Soil Association . Therefore we use no synthetic pesticides in the vineyard and concentrate on physical work on the vines and soil to keep disease pressure low. We leave areas of the vineyard uncultivated to help the wildlife flourish which we believe gives the vineyard a balanced ecosystem.
When it comes to fertiliser we like to use natural products such as nettles and comfrey to create our own. We also use organic seaweed sprays, all this help ensures healthy develop of the vine throughout the year. Most of the work that takes place on the vineyard is done by hand this way we always know whats going on with the vines!” – https://blackmountainvineyard.co.uk/
Black Mountain Traditional Method Brut- Hay Wines
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