Grape: Pinot Noir
Viticulture: Biodynamic Farming and Natural Wine
Wine making: Manual harvested grapes are pressed as whole bunches. Ambient ferment in stainless vats and concrete eggs. Matured in tank and concrete eggs. Secondary and malolactic fermentation happens spontaneously. Unfined and unfiltered.
Zero dosage Blanc de Noirs. Very crisp, apple pith, melon and pear-skin, earthiness and minerality from the Pinot Noir.
Ancre Hill Estates, owned by Richard and Joy Morris, comprises two vineyard sites on the edge of Monmouth, south-east Wales with some 30,000 vines planted on approximately 12-hectares (29.5 acres) and a state-of-the-art, modern winery. The business has evolved from the first plantings in 2006 and 2007 at Ancre Hill, which now extends to about 4 hectares of mature vines to include Newton Court Farm, purchased in 2014, the same year as the new winery was built at Ancre Hill, where a further 8 hectares of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay has been planted. All the land was former grazing pasture – never used for agriculture and the soils are healthy and well-nourished. Ancre Hill apply a holistic approach to all activities in vineyard and winery, and practice conscientious biodynamics.