Flint's 2019 Charmat is the third vintage they have made of this unique wine. It was the first Prosecco-method wine to be launched in the UK, and we are very excited to have it in store. To date, it has been received very well by customers and wine writers alike, being proclaimed by Matthew Jukes (Daily Mail) as ‘the finest example of a rosé wine made using this method’.
The Charmat method, made famous by Prosecco, gives the wine its natural fizz by performing a secondary fermentation in a special tank, rather than in individual bottles like Champagne or traditional-method English Sparkling Wines. By fermenting in tank and releasing the wine earlier, a more fruit-driven and approachable style of wine is produced so if you like Prosecco, you'll love this.
To us, what makes it different, is that Ben puts a lot more care and attention in than many winemakers who use the Charmat method, and uses winemaking techniques that give more excitement and a wider range of flavours to the wine. Also, the red grapes bring in some really interesting fruit flavours.
The wine is a blend of four aromatic grape varieties: Solaris, Reichenstiner, Cabernet Cortis and Rondo that grow particularly well in England, and require very little spraying compared to difficult grapes like Chardonnay.
They are pressed very gently immediately after picking and fermented with yeast that are specially selected to bring out aromas. A small portion of the wine is then aged in oak barrels and then Ben stirs the lees every week to encourage texture and complexity not normally found in Prosecco method wines.
The 2019 Charmat has a delicate pink colour and is full of red berry fruits backed up with a lightly caramelised aroma. On the palate it is zippy and sassy with a soft, creamy mousse that comes from the slow, cool secondary fermentation. It is a fun yet complex wine that makes the perfect aperitif for any occasion.
Served in an elegant bottle, this wine fits neatly between Prosecco and Champagne in terms of style and complexity, so is well worth trying.
Region: Waveney Valley, Norfolk
About Flint Vineyard
Ben and Hannah Witchell decided to pursue their interest in wine in 2007 by quitting their jobs and travelling to some of the most famous winemaking regions in the world.
Upon returning to the UK they moved to Sussex and Ben enrolled into a 3 year degree in Oenology and Viticulture at Plumpton College – where our winemaker Alex has studied. Plumpton greatly influenced his approach to wine, giving him a respect for and fascination of the science of winemaking.
After graduating with a first class degree and achieving awards for ‘Best research project’ and ‘Top winemaking student’, they moved to Beaujolais, France, where Ben learnt how to ‘throw out the rule book’ and experienced a more intuitive and creative side to winemaking. After two years and one new daughter, they began their new life making wine in England.
At college, Ben had identified that East Anglia, one of the lowest, warmest and driest parts of England had some of the best conditions for growing grapes, so approached a farmer and went into partnership planting vines onto a warm, south-facing slope of chalky soil in the
The Venn diagram of their logo represents the intersection between innovation and tradition which lies at the heart of what they do. Ben, one of the country's leading experts on the Bacchus grape, employs high-end equipment to treat the grapes as carefully as possible, pressing under inert gas, using gravity or nitrogen to push wine around the winery rather than pumping it, and by keeping everything separate and using different strains of yeast to create complex, fascinating wines.
Praised by Oz Clarke, Matthew Jukes, Olly Smith and Jancis Robinson, Flint are one of our favourite English wine producers and a small family enterprise, so we are delighted to support them and are sure you will enjoy their wine!