Only 4,117 bottles of the Tillington 2010 have been created and each bottle is individually numbered. The Tillington story began in 2009 when head winemaker Cherie Spriggs discovered an extraordinary parcel of Pinot Noir at the site with a fantastic fruit character. This parcel is then blended with specially selected Chardonnay grapes – also exclusively from Tillington – which add elegance and finesse to the wine. The 2010 vintage is pale gold in colour, with gentle, fine bubbles that fill the nose with aromas of redcurrant, wild raspberry and toast. On the palate, the wine shows great elegance and complexity, balancing rich notes of almond and brioche with a fine minerality and a long, persistent finish. Temperatures in the early part of the 2010 growing season were slightly lower than average, but that coincided with much drier weather as well. Flowering proceeded in excellent conditions in late June and early July with hot and dry weather producing a large, even crop. Despite some cool and wet periods in August, the advancement gained in the early part of the season enabled a slow, gradual ripening and produced fine, delicate flavours in the berries.
As winemaker Cherie Spriggs says: “Since first tasting the fruit at Tillington in 2009, there’s been something really magical – quite exceptional – about this one particular parcel of Pinot Noir. The wonderful flavours that we’d tasted in 2009 were again present in the fruit during the 2010 harvest and I simply had to share these by making a second vintage of this very special wine.”