Black Mountain Col Fondo
Black Mountain Col Fondo is a cloudy light amber colour. The nose offers enticing stone fruit and floral aromas. On the palate fresh peaches, apricot and elderflower with fresh acidity.
The grapes were picked by hand and fermented using natural yeast in stainless steel. We retained around 30% of the Siegerrebe skins to add further flavours and texture to the wine. The wine was then blended and aged in tanks before bottling. An addition of 8g/l organic sugar was made to spark fermentation in the bottle. No other additions were made.
2018 was their first year of organic conversion, therefore grapes were grown to Soil Association standards. They used minimal sprays of copper and sulphur when necessary and made plant teas to keep the vines healthy.
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 Col Fondo – Hay Wines
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