Renegade London Wine 'Sara' 2019 Chardonnay
Grapes grown in Essex, UK.
Hand harvested then shipped by Renegade in refrigerated trucks at 2˚C direct to the London winery.
Wine fully made in London, UK.
Oh Sara - you're lovely! (if you love Chardonnay)....
This was picked and destemmed in the vineyard (over wire mesh into picking bins) and at Renegade. A percentage was fermented on skins and the rest was whole bunch pressed.
Fermented (using only wild yeasts - no yeast added) in used French oak ex Burgundy barrels (85%) and 15% in new Hungarian oak barrels.
Weekly battonage and daily train battonage (The Overground). Aged in barrels for 7 months. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
What's the wine like? A salty, minerally, lemon peely, zesty Chardonnay, but with a unique and differentiating English twang. The cooler climate and winemaking touches has given this a lovely mid palate acidity that is ever so more-ish. This is the kind of wine you may want to drink cases of..... The Hungarian oak is soft, well integrated and not overpowering. You can really taste the fruit. It's gone through full malolactic fermentation so it's got a nice mouthfeel and soft creaminess without losing the freshness. As you can probably tell, I love this wine. ;)
Who is Sara? She's a retired French teacher and she lives with her husband down in East Sheen, SW London. Make sure you don't get your 'le's or your 'la's mixed up. Oh, and it's 'Madame Gray' to you lot. Don't call her Sara in class please!
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.
Top Quality. Modern Wine. Made With Love In London.