Plumpton launches First Contact wine

11 November 2016 10:31 - 10:31

first contact label

At Plumpton College, we ensure that our winemaking students are introduced to a full range of current winemaking techniques, so we made our first ever commercial batch of skin-contact white wine with Schonburger grapes picked in 2015.

These were fermented on their skins for ten days, then lightly pressed and blended with a little Bacchus and Ortega.  The wine was matured in barrel for about 4 months with weekly lees stirring.  According to Sarah Midgley (Plumpton’s Winemaker), it has a wonderful taste of lime, grapefruit and whitecurrant.

Sarah designed the label herself:

I was inspired by a visit to the Cosmonauts exhibition at the Science Museum in London.  Our first ever vintage of a skin contact white wine made me think about space and the name “First Contact”, so I decided to use the story of Laika, a Siberian husky who was famously launched into Earth’s orbit aboard the Sputnik II in 1957.

Plumpton Estate First Contact 2015 is available for sale now.  Collection from Plumpton College only, £18 per bottle.  To reserve this wine please email