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Westwell - Ortega 'The Philosopher' 2016

Westwell - Ortega 'The Philosopher' 2016

Type White
Grapes Ortega
Country/Region United Kingdom, Kent
Vintage 2016
Alcohol 8.5%
Product number: 221299
Price per case of 6 bottles
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The Philosopher. So called as the creation of this limited edition ‘sticky’ has required much thought, contemplation and understanding of how to get the right texture, sweetness profile, balance of acidity and length.

The best parcels of Ortega were selected for this late harvest wine based on health, exposure and vine yield. After rigorous sorting the best grapes were chilled to -8deg C and after a few days loaded in small quantities into our press to extract tiny amounts of juice. At this temperature it is like squeezing juice from a marble. As the water is locked away you get just the sweet nectar from between the pulp and skin walls.

Fermented in a 3-5 year old Burgundian barrel and a purpose-made new small barrel with bespoke toasting for 6 months.

Once the alcohol level had reached around 8.5% and around 150gr/l residual sugar the fermentation was stopped. Further richness has developed from barrel and lees ageing.

Notes of caramel and marmalade on the nose leads to a moreish quince and lemon sherbet lingering finish. A good acid balance ensures a lithe dessert wine that goes well with blue cheese and citrus-based puddings.



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About The Winery
Our site is located just beneath the Pilgrims Way on the North Downs, a route used for centuries by pilgrims travelling to Canterbury. Just over 9 acres are planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier our sparkling wine varieties and 4 acres of Ortega - our still wine. Beneath the sandy silt-loam soil layer, lies the chalk sub-layer, similar to that in Champagne. This provides both excellent deep drainage as well as gentle moisture to the vines even in the driest of summers. Our soils contain high proportions of flint, which help drainage and retain the heat, before radiating this back during the night. There are six classified soil geologies on-site and each variety and clone has been planted according to its best-suited position. Chardonnay is situated on shallower chalky soils where flint proportions are highest as well as where it captures the evening sun best. The Pinots are on sandy/chalky soil. Our Ortega is planted in the sandiest, most sheltered spot to fully develop its fruity aromatic style.

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