Renegade London Wine 'Charlie' 2019 Skin Contact Riesling
Grapes grown in the Pflaz, Germany.
Hand harvested then shipped by Renegade in refrigerated trucks at 2˚C direct to the London winery.
Wine fully made in London, UK.
This wine was made by destemming the grapes over a wire mesh by hand. Essentially we rub the bunches and let the grapes drop through into the fermentation tank. We do this so as to be very gentle and reduce skin breakage. The grapes then start fermenting spontaneously, without the addition of any yeast - otherwise known as wild fermentation. Naturally present yeasts are already within the winery environment and on the grape skins. Think sourdough. No additions of sugar, nutrients, or de-acidification methods/any other winemaking was used to make this wine.
The grapes were detemmed and left to ferment in our Georgian Qvevri, essentially a large, amphora style vessel. After nearly 2 weeks on the grape skins, the juice/wine was pressed off and transfered to old French oak barrels to age and go through malolactic fermentation.
The wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined, with only very minimal additions of sulphur to help the wine age in bottle and minimise oxidation.
What’s the wine like? Well as it’s completely unfiltered and unfined it’s very slightly hazy to look at in the glass. It's a stone fruity, citrus blossomy, fresh textured wine. It's unusual but not intimidating. Don't be too worried about the elongated skin contact, it's actually clean yet very complex. A wine that will evolve both in the bottle with age, or out of the bottle as it opens up in your glass.
Who is Charlie? He is a mysterious man. He works in cyber security. He lives in Mile End but we know he takes trips to the seaside as we've seen him out on the water! He was 42 when this wine was made. He likes his food and wine. He is a married man, so hands off all you potential suiters.
If anyone cares, this wine, like all our wines, is vegan friendly. This does not mean they wave to vegans in the street, they are just made without the use of any animal based winemaking products.
Please be aware that this product is unfiltered/unfined and may therefore be cloudy or contain some sediment.
Renegade London Wine is a cutting edge Urban Winery based in Bethnal Green, East London.
They do not grow grapes. They purchase small parcels of top quality grapes from around the UK and Europe, hand harvest them and race them back to London and make wine.
When they started making wine in 2016 they were copycat winemakers. They asked the growers how they should make wine with their grapes, and they did what they said. This was a mistake. They should't be copying other styles. London should be leading the charge on new wine styles, winemaking approaches and using both ancient and modern techniques.
So in 2017 they changed. Our wines change year on year and they rarely repeat a wine or style. They make around 12-14 wines a year with a total current production of around 28,000 bottles. This may sound like a lot but it's really tiny for a commercial winery. This is one of the main reasons our wines are not cheap. They try to keep them as affordable as possible but they know that they need to be worth the money.
Each label shows the eyes of a different person who lives in the UK. They may not be born in the UK, they may not have gone to school in the UK, but they're part of this country. They each form a key part of the rich tapestry that makes the UK special. As as urban winery based in London, many of the faces are Londoners. That's just how it's worked so far. Anyone can apply to be on the labels.
Crafted by world class young winemakers, Renegade makes modern, innovative, premium wines here in London. Why? No appellation rules, no tradition, no BS. Just great wine.
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