The wines are made by Kieron Atkinson of the English Wine Project at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire.
Founded in 2011 by Kieron, who left the British Army after nine years’ active service to start a new career in English wine; the English Wine Project supports and champions English and Welsh wine to help improve the quality of its production across the U.K
Kieron completed the only UK wine production course and became Technical Advisor for the UK branch of the Rothschilds. By June 2011 Kieron had taken over the historic vineyard at Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire, where he looks after the site and produces multiple award-winning wines, conducts wine tours and oversees the development of the wine product to bring it to today’s widening market.
Riderless Charger is the ultimate expression of Pet Nat. No chemical additions have been made to produce this wine: NO SO2 NO finings NO filtration and NO cold stability products.
The artwork on the label is that of Freddy Paske, who is an award-winning figurative artist focusing on the relationship between what is shown and what is seen. Freddy was Queen Elizabeth II’s final artist in residence.
Made from 90% Pinot Blanc and 10% Pinot Noir with an abv of just 10.5% from a wild ferment of indigenous yeasts. The ferment finishes in the bottle in order to preserve those wonderful bubbles! The wine was also racked a couple of times to reduce sediment (but not too much as it’s important not to lose those unique flavours). The wine was then riddled, disgorged and topped-up with more Pet Nat as in the Tradition Method way, the wine was then sealed with a crown cap.
Expect some sedimentation and tartrates to form. This may lead to some gushing if not poured directly after opening. Served well chilled.
Naturally bright pink hue, with hints of citrus, strawberries, yellow pear and sherbet. Textured, fresh and ripe with just a slight titillation from the sparkle!
Try with a freshly baked apple tart & custard, locally sourced pork pie or a shredded pork stir-fry (plus veggie equivalent would be just has good)!