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Blackbook Winery Clayhill Vineyard 'Painter of Light' Chardonnay 2020

White Wine from England
4.000000000 star rating 1 Reviews
Essex grapes crafted by an American in London, this stone-fruited, lime-scented wine is wonderfully complex. Unfined and unfiltered, so expect a harmless deposit.
Price: £23.00 Bottle
Price: £276.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: EN1791

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2029
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, diam

Blackbook Winery

If someone told you that they were taking you to visit an English winery, you would be forgiven for anticipating bucolic scenes, perhaps the South Downs, Kentish Weald or the rolling hills of Gloucestershire, and a small operation, very hands on, hard working and welly wearing.

You might well be surprised, then, to find yourself in London's busy Battersea, just south of the Thames, standing in front of a railway arch under the main line between Clapham Common and Vauxhall. But this is indeed the home of the Blackbook Winery, owned and run by Sergio Verrillo and his wife Lynsey, two Londoners with a passion for wine and the gumption to set up a winery to make the stuff themselves. Now one of four urban wineries within the bounds of London, they have sourced their grapes from various English estates since they set themselves up, taking care to select growers who are as passionate and hard-working as they.

Currently they buy hand-picked, carefully selected grapes from Oxfordshire and Essex, the fruit being transported to the winery in small crates to avoid damage to the bunches. Inside the winery itself there is shiny up-to-the-minute equipment and French oak barrels in which their chardonnay is fermented and their pinot noir matured. A sparkling wine is also made, sold undisgorged under a crown cap as well as under cork after disgorgement. Ex-sommelier Sergio has many stamps in his passport from his time travelling the world, gaining winemaking experience at prestigious...
If someone told you that they were taking you to visit an English winery, you would be forgiven for anticipating bucolic scenes, perhaps the South Downs, Kentish Weald or the rolling hills of Gloucestershire, and a small operation, very hands on, hard working and welly wearing.

You might well be surprised, then, to find yourself in London's busy Battersea, just south of the Thames, standing in front of a railway arch under the main line between Clapham Common and Vauxhall. But this is indeed the home of the Blackbook Winery, owned and run by Sergio Verrillo and his wife Lynsey, two Londoners with a passion for wine and the gumption to set up a winery to make the stuff themselves. Now one of four urban wineries within the bounds of London, they have sourced their grapes from various English estates since they set themselves up, taking care to select growers who are as passionate and hard-working as they.

Currently they buy hand-picked, carefully selected grapes from Oxfordshire and Essex, the fruit being transported to the winery in small crates to avoid damage to the bunches. Inside the winery itself there is shiny up-to-the-minute equipment and French oak barrels in which their chardonnay is fermented and their pinot noir matured. A sparkling wine is also made, sold undisgorged under a crown cap as well as under cork after disgorgement. Ex-sommelier Sergio has many stamps in his passport from his time travelling the world, gaining winemaking experience at prestigious estates that include de Montille in Burgundy and Calera in California, and he is putting it to good use here.

This may be unlikely surroundings but the wines are uncommonly good, as illustrated by the chardonnay. The fruit is from a single vineyard, naturally fermented in Burgundian oak barrels before a further 7 months ageing on the lees, and it is then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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The Times

A favourite chardonnay, with masses of rich, elegant, toasted almond Clayhill Vineyard fruit and a zesty citrus finish.

Jane MacQuitty

timatkin.com

Painter of Light is a superb expression of one of Essex’s finest vineyards, made by the talented Sergio Verrillo. With aromas of struck match and popcorn, it’s fresh and elegant, with racy acidity and a...
Painter of Light is a superb expression of one of Essex’s finest vineyards, made by the talented Sergio Verrillo. With aromas of struck match and popcorn, it’s fresh and elegant, with racy acidity and a cheesy, salty, nutty palate with subtle stone fruit undertones. Weighty without being fat, it’s what great pre-climate change Chablis used to taste like. One of England’s finest whites.
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Tim Atkin MW

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