THE INNER CIRCLE
This year presents a rare opportunity to join one of the UK’s most exciting new wineries right at the beginning of our journey.
By becoming a VENN member, you will gain exclusive access to limited-release wines from Flint Vineyard, only available to members. These handcrafted wines are unique in character and produced in small batches – often just one barrel at a time.
Ben, our winemaker, has made the wines especially for VENN members using select lots from the 2016 vintage. He will include his production notes taking you through every stage of their creation.
Every bottle has been individually numbered by hand, allowing the wine to be tracked throughout its production journey, unpicking some of its mystery and secrets.
“We believe that making wine is about finding marginal gains. The finest details, when combined, can make all the difference.”
After registering your interest, Hannah or Ben will call you to talk through VENN membership and answer any questions.
- 12-bottle case including six bottles of limited-release wine available exclusively to VENN members
- Complimentary tours and tastings at Flint for you and up to five friends
- 10% discount on any wines purchased in addition to your annual VENN allocation
- Opportunity to get involved at harvest or other times in the winemaking calendar
- Access to the winemaker and his notes, giving you a real insight into the production of your bottles (you can call Ben with questions or to ask advice on anything wine-related)
Cost of membership – £225 per year (including VAT)
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What will my allocation include?
Your 12-bottle case will include six bottles limited-release VENN wines and six of the current release wines, all made at Flint Vineyard in 2016.
2016 has been an exceptional year in England – one of the best on record and a great one to start making wine. The dry, hot conditions we experienced in September and October allowed growers to ripen the grapes for longer without the worry of disease.
This year’s limited-release wines are described below.
- Pressed exclusively as whole-bunch grapes under inert gas taking only the best free-run juice
- Cool fermented in stainless steel
- A zesty and aromatic nose with notes of gooseberry, lemon-peel and basil
VENN PINOT BLANC
- Pressed as a mixture of whole-bunch and de-stemmed grapes
- Fermented and aged entirely in two year-old barrels
- A complex, intense wine with aromas of ripe apple and toffee
How did you select your grapes?
Whilst we wait for our own vines to mature, we are working closely with two East Anglian growers. Our region here is one of the most promising grape growing areas in the country, being the combined driest and sunniest part of the UK. Ben selected the parcels he was confident had the potential to make outstanding wine. He visited several times over the growing season, working with the growers to achieve the best grapes possible.
Our Bacchus was picked at the two extremities of its ripening window, giving us the most favourable expressions of the variety. Bacchus is best when slightly under or over-ripe. Under-ripe it produces herbaceous, flinty wines. Over-ripe it is tropical and zesty, more like a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc.
In the Pinot blanc vineyard there was a huge variation in ripeness on the sunny and shady sides of the grapevine canopy. We picked only from the sunny side, meaning that the grapes were wonderfully ripe and perfect for producing a rich and textured wine in an Alsace style.
Will I get the same wines every year?
Flint Vineyard’s wines will never be the same. Ben believes in evolving every year through innovating and recording every detail of his methods. VENN members will have a chance to taste a wide range of interesting styles and gain insight into the methods of their production. Each vintage is different and no wine will ever be made according to a recipe. We hope this makes the wine more of an experience to enjoy.
When will I receive my wine?
2016 is Flint Vineyard’s first vintage. The wines are finishing their gentle fermentations and are now resting in barrels and tanks. This is the exciting and magical stage as they develop their final characteristics. Already they are showing great signs of promise. We will be bottling in March 2017 and shipments will be sent out in May 2017.
Am I tied in?
Absolutely not! You simply pay annually and can leave at any time.
I'm in - what happens next?
Enquire using the button above, send us an email or give us a call and Hannah or Ben will contact you to answer any questions and get you started. You will then receive your VENN membership card in the post with your unique VENN number.
How much is delivery?
Delivery within the UK is included in your annual membership. For international delivery please contact us.