Litmus Element 20 2014
Litmus Element 20 2014 departs from the usual blend of Bacchus and Chardonnay. Firstly, this wine consists of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Gris and 30% Pinot Blanc. These were fermented separately in one to five-year-old French oak barriques. The wine was left on full less for eleven months before bottling.
Complex, mature, elegant and stylish, this silky, rich, full bodied wine has a balancing acidity that will ensure that even further complexity is achieved in years to follow.
The 2014 Growing Season
The 2014 growing season was sensational. Perfect flowering conditions followed by August rains and a warm September led to early ripening of a good crop in the coolness of early October.
Harvest Dates Chardonnay 16th, Pinot Blanc 18th and Pinot Gris 23rd of October 2014
Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc grown in Essex and Pinot Gris in Surrey
Litmus Wines Philosophy:
English wines are often deliciously scented, floral and aromatic. We find they are often described with adjectives such as hedgerow, gooseberries or elderflower. However, utilising his vast experience in cool climate and English winemaking, Litmus Wines founder John Worontschak’s aim is to forgo these easily attained characters. John aims for more robust, complex food wines with long ageing potential. This is combined with a balanced acidity that’s found in quality Northern European grape growing regions.
Seeking out the best parcels of fruit from the most distinguished sites in the UK , John crafts world class wines that are at the forefront of English winemaking.
The star wheel on the label is a representation of a coccolith. A coccolith is a sea creature with a calcium shell that has been laid down over millennia to create the chalky soil found on the cliffs of Dover and throughout swathes of the South East. Calcium is the 20th element of the peroiodic table, and this reflects the chalk rich soils that the grapes for Element 20 are grown upon.