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The Wines....

This latest release is from our 2021 vintage.

These two wines are exceptional examples of modern cool climate natural craft wines.

Natural Amphora Solaris 2021 and Natural Amphora Rondo 2021, both of which are made solely, as always, from grapes from our Welsh non intervention, regenerative vineyard. One which works in balance with nature, without any outside inputs, emphasising the importance of whole farm system from soil to fruit.

This gives the consumer the opportunity to taste an authentic natural wine of Wales. These are truly unique wines gifting the unadulterated taste of the terroir of our vineyard.

Working on the very cusp of viable viticulture, these wines, which have been fermented on their own yeasts and made in amphora, hold a special place in modern Welsh wine production. 

Passionate about sustainability and Welsh provenance we were delighted when David Morris from Mountain People Wine approached us in early 2021 to collaborate on making our wines in Wales. This negated the need to cross the border with our grapes.  David is a highly experienced natural wine maker and was up for the challenge of creating wine in our Spanish tinajas (amphora) as ferment vessels. We made our first natural wine in these vessels at our first vineyard and bodega (winery) in Spain over 20 years ago. It is very exciting for us to come full circle and be able to release such unique wines here in West Wales.

Huge thanks to Tim Davey for his time and patience in creating the labels.

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Hebron Vineyard's 2018 vintage resulted in our first release in 2019, a rare Welsh red wine "1" made from our Rondo grapes. 

This has proven to be a very popular wine and has now sold out, although with a little arm twisting we may release a bottle from our private cellar.

 

Also from the 2018 vintage comes a superlative sparkling white wine 'Silver Lining' made from our Solaris grapes. This wine has spent an extra year in the bottle, using the 'méthode traditionnelle' and the base wine was of such excellent quality that we were able to produce a very rare UK non-dosé or brut zéro sparkling wine. This means no sugar was necessary to balance the wine.

 "It forces the winemaker to have a flawless base wine with good balance" (Forbes).

Released in November 2020. We are very pleased that 'Silver Lining' has been given PGI status.

Davy Zyw

Wine Buyer for Berry Bros. and Rudd, author of I Love Champagne and 101 Champagnes & Sparkling Wines to Drink before you Die. Ex-sommelier at La Gavroche, Mayfair.

Tasted 'Silver Lining'.

Davy Zyw tasting notes:

The name Silver Lining

The vintage 2018

The vineyard Gwinllan Hebron Vineyard

The location West Wales

The viticulture Non-Intervention / Organic

The grape Solaris

Fermentation in steel The method Traditional Method
The dosage 0 g/l sugar Time on elevage 9 months Time on lees 11 months
Bottling date 23/07/2019 Disgorgement date 24/06/2020

The appearance is pale gold, attractive green flashes.

The nose entices; remarkably tropical, green mango, pithy lemons, green wine gums and limey top notes, Sauvignon Blanc-esk. There is touch of hedgerow, nettle even.

The palate is immediately fruity, the mousse gentle with a very pleasing texture. Not overly complex, but the Silver Lining has something which so few UK Sparkling wines deliver, real drinkability.

The foaming palate is full of vibrant granny smith, lime cordial fruits and gooseberry crumble notes, although traditional method there is little mature autolytic character; the fruit is the main event which is spot on. Acid backbone is on greenside, we are in Wales after all but this keeps the palate taught and whets the whistle for your next glass.

This is my first taste of Welsh Sparkling and Hebron Vineyards, it will not be my last.

A very exciting vineyard with real promise. 

I was really impressed with the Silver Lining and look forward to tasting more of your wines in the future.
I wish you the best of luck with your heroic project, I think it's awesome!
Iechyd da!

Davy Żyw

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David Darlow Wine Master, Winemaker, Organic Vineyard owner, and ex winemaker for Chandon.

Tasted 'Silver Lining'.

David Darlow MW tasting notes:

The name Silver Lining

The vintage 2018

The vineyard Gwinllan Hebron Vineyard

The location West Wales, cool maritime. The elevation 155m Facing South, South-West

The viticulture Non-Intervention / Organic

The grape Solaris

Fermentation in steel The method Traditional Method
Time on elevage 9 months Time on lees 11 months Recommended dosage 0 g/l sugar.
Bottling date 23/07/2019 


Appearance:
Clean bright pastel lemon shimmer of moderate intensity. 
Fine bead, vibrant and balanced.

Aroma:
Clean emerging youthful intertwined aromas of cut hay, pear with a subtle mango and passion fruit background. 
Taste:
Clean bright flavours of flinty lemon, star fruit and pear, integrated across a softly dancing mousse. 
Finishing with a moderate length of key lime and biscuit. 

Conclusion / Discussion:
Exceptional quality from hybrid variety. High quality tirage and outcome.

Recommend: NIL 0 g/l sugar at disgorgement = Non-Dosé, Brut Zéro, Brut Nature or Brut Savage.


On reflection the hybrid character is well balanced and in context of the wine overall without any unnecessary amplification (acidity/sugar).
Time on lees perfect. 
Would not recommend introduction any further autolytic aged characters to the wine as its delicacy would be compromised. 

Drink: now

Cellaring potential: 5-7 years.


David Darlow MW – 21st March 2020

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Neither of our 2018 'Premier Cru' vintage wines have required any interventions after the first ferment stage, a testament to the quality of these Welsh grown grapes.

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Our 2019 vintage led to the simultaneous release of both a still medium/light red and a still bright flavoured white wine.

"Triskele" White and Red (Solaris and Rondo)

Once again the quality of the grapes has created two wines without the need for interventions after the first ferment stage. Both wines are excellent. 

We feel that the superb unadulterated taste reflects the love and passion that goes into our work, the regenerative organic principals we follow, the mineral rich terroir of the Preseli foothills and the west coast cool climate. 

Released in November 2020.

 

 

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