Blackbook X HomeWork
At Sam’s Wine Bar we’ve partnered with Blackbook to offer innovative wines made from high quality grapes right here in South West London!
Blackbook is an urban winery located in a railway arch in Battersea. Their grapes are sourced from growers not too far from the city, carefully selected for their well-located vineyards and high quality grapes. The founders, Sergio and wife Lynsey are both passionate Londoners and oenophiles who have long held the dream of starting an urban winery in London.
“Our ethos embraces a single fundamental goal: to make bloody good wine!”
Their focal grapes are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their wines reflect the vibrancy, colour, culture and energy of London in how they look, feel and taste. Each wine has its own identity and nuances that make it unique. In making wine, Sergio and Lynsey have taken a traditional and innovative approach. Keeping a base of tradition allows them to implement new and innovative techniques. Their ethos embraces a minimalist approach by using indigenous yeast for our primary and malolactic fermentations, where possible low to zero sulphur use.
Blackbook at Sam’s
2021 Nightjar Pinot Noir
Essex born and Battersea bred, hailing from Crows Lane Estate, situated on the coastal peninsula of Crouch Valley. The wine has structured acidity, showing beautiful delicate red fruits and black pepper spices. Fermented naturally in small open top fermenters and aged in Burgundy oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered.
2021 Painter of Light Chardonnay
A key part of the core range, “Painter of Light” is a wine that expresses refinement and elegance playing into varietal characters and vintage reflection. The 2021 vintage expresses a wine with more citrus with a strong backbone lent through the English acidity. The oak is prevalent but restrained embracing tropical and stone fruit character with underlying smokey and flint characters. The palate has minerality and length with underlying elements of citrus and saline notes.
2020 I’d Rather Be a Rebel Rose
Made from pinot noir grapes sourced from Crows Lane Estate in nearby Essex. The grapes are hand-picked into small crates then travel the short distance to our winery in Battersea. After a short cold soak, the grapes are pressed and fermented in old French oak. The wine spends a further 8 months on lees in tank and barrel and 1 year in bottle prior to release. The result is an expressive and textured rosé with elements of strawberries and cream and ripe red cherry.
2021 The Mix Up: Volume IV
A new wine and new blend for 2021, and like previous iterations very different from its siblings . This white blend was made from two germanic varieties, Muller Thurgau and Reichenstiener, both of which are widely planted throughout the UK. Both wines spent 7 months on gross lees and then blended together before bottling.Tasting notes: Slight hints of vanilla, white flowers, ginger root, and english garden herbs. The palate is ripe stone fruits such as apricot and white peach, hints of citrus zest, accompanied by garden herbs with texture and viscosity.
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