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"I will be the first person to admit I was wrong," said Xenia Irwin, Master of Wine and Waitrose & Partners Wine Buyer. When asked by Ruth and Charles to visit their new state of the art winery in Kent, Xenia wasn't 100% convinced that she was going to buy anything. But having known the Simpsons for the past five years and enjoyed many of their French wines, she was intrigued to try some of their English offerings. "I was interested in a possible partnership on a sparkling project, but when I tried their single clone 2018 Pinot Meunier, vinified as a white wine, I was astonished at the quality and wanted to buy the whole tank"
Ruth and Charles are relative newcomers to the English wine scene, but their experience, investment and dedication shine through in the quality of their wines
Our Master of Wine, Xenia Irwin, first met Norrel (Robertson) when they did their Master of Wine course together. "We had many amazing tastings and fascinating nights out with exceptional wines over outstanding meals with great fellow MW student friends." Says Xenia. "Norrel has always been the wild man and he has translated this into his winemaking." This individual and eccentric Scotsman decided that the old vineyards of Spain are his spiritual home and he has been making astonishingly good wines for the last 15 years.
Fast forward to 2017 and a social media coincidence ensured they both got back in touch with an idea to put an "On The QT" release together. It was a simple twitter post that finally resulted in this exciting collaboration
"I do love a good wine experiment and this amphora matured rosé is one of my favourite recent finds" Amphoras (a clay jug) have been used to mature wines since the Neolithic period but as you can image have grown out of favour with winemakers over the last century. However, on a small island off the coast of France, Clos Venturi have been using this historical technique to mature a tiny parcel of a local Corsican grape variety, Sciaccarello, to produce an organic and modern style rosé.
Using one single sandstone amphora, Eric has produced a delicate and elegant rosé with fine strawberry and raspberry notes with a salty freshness and a very fine texture from amphora maturation. Enjoy with a range of Mediterranean cuisine