Black Mountain Traditional Method Brut
Black Mountain Traditional Method Brut is a light straw colour. The nose displays apple, citrus and hazelnuts. On the palate you’ll find crunchy green apple, citrus and a crisp finish.
The grapes were picked by hand and lightly pressed in our small basket press. The juice was allowed to settle and the clear must racked before fermentation in stainless steel. The wine was left on its lees in tank for 8 months. Bottled in summer 2017 and left to age for minimum of 18 months; in which time secondary fermentation took place. The bottles were riddled and disgorged by hand.
2016 was before we started our organic certification, however no herbicides or insecticides were used, and only minimal fungicides were sprayed. We 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 Traditional Method Brut- Hay Wines
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