Orange wine has seen a boost in popularity over the past few years. While there isn’t a huge number of English winemakers trying their hand at this ‘skin-contact’ wine, the majority of those who are have been producing wines of exceptional quality. This one, made by Lucy and Ben Hulland, is no exception.
“Making orange wine can be a little daunting as a winemaker because, due to the many variables, not least the wild ferment, no two orange wines taste the same,” explains Lucy. “Despite this we feel drawn to it as it gives us an opportunity to experiment with low intervention winemaking.”
Made from 100% chardonnay (possibly the only orange wine in England made solely from this grape), and wild fermented, the wine has notes of stone fruits, such as peach and nectarine, with a touch of vanilla, while the robust palate is suited to salty foods such as crisps, salted nuts, Manchego and blue cheese.