These two wines are made by Matt Gregory, wine merchant turned winemaker who has adopted the name ‘The English Winemaker’. I met him in Christchurch last year when I was hanging out with Theo Coles, who he’d been doing vintage with. They’re really interesting.
The English Winemaker Mascot 2018 Piedmont, Italy
This is an aromatic skin-fermented Muscat with 25% whole bunch and minimal sulfites (30 ppm added). 60 days on skins. 908 bottles made. Cloudy pale yellow in colour, it has a floral, grapey nose with some rose petal prettiness. The palate is fresh and bright with a lovely dry quality, showing notes of grapefruit pith, green tea and table grapes. Lovely wine with nice acidity. Very moreish, showing subtle medicinal notes on the finish. 92/100
The English Winemaker Piemonte Barbera 2018 Italy
Barrel-fermented (in 500 litre barrels) with 25% whole bunch, no added sulfites (it has a natural level of 28 ppm, produced by the yeasts), 771 bottles made. This is beautifully pure and focused with a berry fruits nose and a touch of chocolatey richness. The palate is ripe and full but incredibly elegant and quite pure, with a sleek, silky texture and an attractive sour cherry bite. Lots of raspberry, black cherry and damson fruit. Refined and fresh. 92/100
These are £25, available from Bat & Bottle, Duncan Murray, The Vineking, The Olive Branch in the UK.