Ancre Hill Orange Wine 2020

Type: Orange Wine
Country: Wales
Region: Monmouth
Grape Variety: 100% Albarino
Alcohol Percentage: 9.5%
Viticulture: Biodynamic | Organic Farming

Terroir: Vineyards lie on south-facing slopes close to the border town of Monmouth in the Wye Valley, on a soilbed of ancient mudstone and sandstone. The estate practises traditional biodynamic and organic viticulture
Ageing: 100% whole bunch maceration for between 30 – 50 days. Fermentation finished in oak and stainless steel for ageing on gross lees for a minimum of 10 months. Natural MLF, no filtration, no fining, no SO2 additions

Color: Orange
Nose: Nose of toasty brioche with hints of honey and red fruits
Palate: Deep, savoury, with nectarine, tangerine, bruised apple and pear fruits, hints of hay & chamomile

About the Winery:
Ancre Hill Estates is located in the beautiful Welsh county of Monmouthshire. The 12 hectares of vineyards are perfectly positioned on south-facing slopes close to the border town of Monmouth and the Wye Valley (AONB). The Estates’ ethos is to deliver wines of the highest quality, utilising traditional Biodynamic and Organic Viticultural practices to produce the best possible fruits from carefully sourced and selected varieties with excellent heritage.

Great care and attention are paid to applying the biodynamic preparations to the vineyard. The use of sulphur is kept to a minimum with the addition of wild plant Tisanes made on the Estate. Insecticides, Pesticides and Herbicides are not used at all, with weeds ploughed out from under the vines.

The wines produced at Ancre Hill express the terroir of ancient mudstone and sandstone soils, giving the wines their character and natural flavours, with no external intervention or manipulation in the winemaking process. The style of wine at Ancre Hill Estates continues to evolve, with small-batch fermentation occurring almost entirely in oak barrels and concrete eggs. Fermentations are solely carried out by wild yeasts and bacteria with the avoidance of filtration and fining for the finished wines wherever possible.