Urban Wineries

I hadn’t sampled wines from an ‘Urban Winery’ so ordered a case from Black Book who are located in a railway arch in Battersea, London.

They source their grapes within a few hours journey time to the winery and then follow, as they say, “a traditional winemaking approach with low sulphur and indigenous ferments to showcase the English Terroir”

So, is this just going to be another example of an English wine? Not really.

We have sampled the Pinor Noir, The Rose and the Chardonnay.

Our initial thoughts

Pinot Noir – Light in colour and aroma – hints of strawberry and raspberry. Medium acidity and tannins. Out of the three, this kept to the expectation of a young pinot noir.

Rose – Made from Pinot Noir. Medium bodied with a hint towards nectarine in my humble opinion.

Chardonnay – This had a look of lemon barley water and quite a kick of lemon as well. Not what I would expect from a Chardonnay at all. Very zingy.

Before writing this post, I let a day go by as I wasn’t immediately sure about them. On reflection, I get the impression the winemakers are working on delivering wines that have their own identity and perhaps don’t adhere to the expectations of the grape. I certainly found that.

However, imagining  a crowd down in the Cellar @ Vinoteq, listening to great music and just out to enjoy themselves, these wines might just fit the bill and get the party started.

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