Westwell Wines is located on the chalky slopes of the North Downs below the Pilgrims Way near Ashford, Kent. The vineyards cover 18ha (5.5ha planted) and are positioned between 100-130m above sea level on a SSW aspect. The flint loams over the chalk provide good drainage as well as giving mineral characteristics to the wines, accentuating the fruit profile. All the wines are made by husband and wife team John and Rids Rowe using the latest equipment, with a low interventionist approach.
Pelegrim means Pilgrim in middle English (circa 12th century) and recognises the history of our forbearers that walked the Pilgrim’s Way above our vineyard for centuries on their final leg to Canterbury. This wine replicates this tradition in how the grapes are grown, selected and fermented.
The Pelegrim Brut NV is a traditional bottle-ferment (rather than tank fermented) sparkling wine that is made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay with reserve wines from previous vintages to give further complexity and a consistent extra dry non-vintage style. The wines are lees-aged in bottle for 18-24 months to give depth and some biscuity aromas which only bottle-fermentation can deliver.