- Region: Herefordshire, England
Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Cortis
- Organic: Yes
- Vegan: Yes
- Low Sulphur: Yes
Black Mountain is the tiny organic wine project of Emma and Mark Smith whose winery is located in a small shed down a narrow country lane in site of the Brecon Beacons. In total they have three hectares of vines planted with a combination of Pinots Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Solaris and Cab Cortis on shallow clay soils over loamy red sandstone.
Both red and white Col Fondo begin with a base wine from a successful 2018 vintage, held in reserve in two of his three barrels. 2020’s harvest was decimated by early frosts and what little juice was pressed, Mark used sparking a secondary fermentation of those two barrels.
A blend of the two Pinots along with Cabernet Cortis, this is a spicy, herbal col fondo with hedgerow, cherry and raspberry fruit cut through with electric acidity.