Offbeat Field Notes 3
Grapes: Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay
Offbeat is the West Country based winemaking project of Daniel Ham which began in 2018. Daniel works as naturally as possible with hybrid varieties suited to the English climate, ferments are wild and little if any sulphur is used. Production is small with only 2,000 bottles of each cuvée made.
Field Notes 3 is a textural, pithy Pinot Blanc (92%) from grapes grown organically in Crouch Vale, with the rest Chardonnay. The Pinot Blanc was vinified in 3 separate ways; direct press, 24-hour whole bunch maceration and hand-destemmed with a 10-day maceration. From the leaner 2021 vintage this is alive with intense acidity and tension.