Sweet Pea is a pretty wine with enticing floral characters on the nose. Although it is sweet, it finishes with a delicate savoury twist. It is an eminently versatile style – drink as an aperitif, with breakfast (scrambled eggs and smoked salmon), with dessert (strawberry shortcake or the like) or beef it up with some gin, soda, ginger ale mint ice and lime as a cocktail.
I asked Joch to give me his vintage report for 2020 and this is what I got verbatim and straight from the horse’s mouth; ‘Looked like a bastard of a year; hot and dry and then it rained in late January and early February and a cool change moved in, which continued through to February and March and these conditions finished everything off nicely. There were tiny yields and so in reality 2020 ended up only a bitch of a year, not a bastard.‘
‘Fronti’ is the variety we use to make our Moscato, and it is a member of the Muscat family. It has a lovely grapey/ floral character on the nose and is an incredibly versatile variety. The wine gets its pink tinge from just a little bit of contact time on the ‘Fronti’ skins after being picked and before being brought to the winery. The grapes were picked at about 12 degrees Beaume (which equates to about 12% alc/ vol) but we stop the fermentation (by chilling the wine) at about 7% alcohol which leaves lovely residual sweetness.
Picking Date: 25th February 2020
Bottling Date: 9th May 2020