Hand harvested in Herefordshire then shipped by Renegade in refrigerated trucks at 2˚C direct to the London winery Dry. Elderflowers. Peach. Apricots. Aromatic and Fresh. English sparkling wine the way it could be!!
So Jamie is a ‘Nat Fizz’ (Naturally Fizzy). The French call this style ‘Pet Nat’. Essentially this wine ferments and goes fizzy in the bottle using only the naturally occuring yeasts and underlying sugar present in the grape juice. Renegade don’t add anything at all to this wine. They press the grapes, ferment the juice in chilled stainless steel tanks before transfering the still fermenting wine to bottle before the end of the first and only fermentation. In case you are not aware, Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Cremant and almost every other sparkling wine style globally undergoes two fermentations.
This is a hard wine to make in a consistent, clean, fresh, predictable and repeatable style. It is not a wine you can make in a bulk, industrial style. It is a tough one to get right. Renegade only make around 2,500 bottles of this wine a year. They add nothing at all. So no fining, addatives, sulphur, filtration or sugar, water, animal based products or riddling agents. Litterally this is grape juice fermented in a bottle.
And the name? Jamie works as a machine operator in Essex. He’s a lovely bloke and this bottle is Jamie at 43 yrs old.
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