Blackbook 'Painter of Light' Chardonnay

Essex grown Chardonnay, made at Battersea urban winery Blackbook

This Chardonnay comes from Clayhill vineyard in the Crouch Valley of Essex, the fruit being hand-picked and sorted before being transported to London and pressed straight into barrels from Burgundy, 20% of which are new, imparting a touch of vanilla and spice. Impeccably balanced and built for the long run; this will continue to improve over the next ten years, and perhaps beyond. 

Blackbook Winery is situated at the end of a row of railway arches in Battersea. This most unique of wineries and in our opinion, making some of the UK's most exciting still wines.

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More Information
Wine TypeWhite wine
ClosureNatural Cork
Alc. Vol12.2%
CountryUnited Kingdom
Grape VarietalChardonnay
Food PairingsFish, Mushrooms
Oak LengthEight months.
Oak TypeFrench Oak

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The Story of Blackbook

The Story of Blackbook

Blackbook is the first solo project from winemaker, Sergio Verrillo, and his wife Lynsey.  They are both passionate Londoners who have long held the dream of starting an urban winery in London. The winery is located in a railway arch in Battersea, a stone's throw from Battersea Park in south London.

The grapes are sourced from growers within hours of the city, carefully selected for their well-located vineyards and high quality grapes. They endeavour to bring the hard work of our vineyard owners to the forefront by creating a range of single vineyard wines that showcase the quality and potential for making world-leading still wine here in England.

The Grape - Chardonnay

The Grape - Chardonnay

The variety originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France, but is now grown all over the world, from England to New Zealand. The Chardonnay grape itself is neutral, with many of the flavours commonly associated with the wine being derived from influences such as terrior and oak.

In cool climates like northern France or England you would expect flavours of orchard fruits like apples, pears and green plums but in the warmer climbs of California in the USA or Adelaide in Australia you may see tropical fruits, sometimes even banana. 

Chardonnay is well adapted to taking on flavours from its surroundings, for example fermenting or ageing in oak gives the wine flavours of vanilla, smoke and toast. It is most often used as a single variety in still wines but is equally successful blended into some of the best sparkling wines in the world, incuding Champagne and English sparkling wine.