An energetic wine with a subtle spritz. This wine is unfiltered and unfined and contains the lees in the bottle. Col Fondo means with the bottom in Italian referring to the left over lees sediment. This is the method in which Prosecco was produced before being overly commercialised but is now regain popularity.
This wine is light, spritz with sour pineapple, lemon rind, elderflower and yeasty characters. We recommend a gentle shake before serving to distribute the sediment.
An English gem in Devon, Sharpham is one of England’s most picturesque vineyards. They have been making wine for nearly 20 years and are recognised for producing some of England's most outstanding wines. Set in a natural amphitheatre in 550 acres of West Country farmland, the estate produces stylish, fruit-forward wines from the Madeleine Angevine and Bacchus grapes. Its 14 acres of vines are planted on red loam soils on sheltered slopes overlooking the River Dart. Traditional and new world techniques are employed resulting in a range of distinctive and carefully balanced wines with intense fruit flavours and aromas.
Sustainable environmental practices are at the heart of Sharpham, with inclusion into the higher level Countryside Stewardship Scheme and a membership of Sustainable Wines of Great Britain. Work is currently being carried out across the estate to protect the area's plant and wildlife species and ensure their agriculture isn't too intense or invasive. This includes tree planting, creation of wildflower meadows and the installation of bird and bat boxes to protect rare species. They have banned the use of pesticides and will be increasing cover crop plantings for natural weed control and nutrients. New winery and visitor buildings have been designed with sustainability in mind and have solar panels, rainwater harvesting, air source heat pumps and spring water extraction used throughout the site, in order to further reduce carbon footprint.
This is a bright and lively English sparkling wine. Unlike the traditional method used for most English fizz, Col Fondo is a Sparkling wine made with a second fermentation at lower pressure (hence the crown cap) and importantly, it is not disgorged. That means it is cloudy, yeasty and given Sharpham’s low intervention philosophy, the style in general is geared towards the natural wine audience. The juice is left to settle for 36 hours before racking into stainless steel for fermentation. Malolactic conversion occurs naturally, which helps tame the high acidity. Seven months of lees ageing in tank gives a little more texture and complexity. Before bottling the fine lees is agitated and a small addition of 8g/L added. A small secondary ferment occurs in bottle. giving a slight spritz and creamy mouthfeel. The resulting wine is dry, with fresh citrus and floral characters, bright and summery.
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