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VENN

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V I N E Y A R D



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.

Winemaker Ben will make and blend the wines especially for VENN members and
include his production notes taking you through every stage of their creation.

We believe that wine is special because of how it is treated from grape to bottle. Ben is
committed to giving the highest possible level of attention to detail throughout the
winemaking process.

This is why we assign an individual lot code to every bottle, allowing it to be tracked
throughout its production journey, unpicking some of its mystery and secrets.

O U R

V I S I O N

This year presents a rare opportunity to join one of the UKs most exciting new wineries
right at the beginning of our journey.

In 2016 we planted 3 hectares of vines, created a state of the art winery, launched our
Bacchus research project and processed 11 tonnes of grapes to make our first wines.

Ben, our winemaker, has spent the last eight years studying oenology (the science of
wine) and has gained hands-on experience at some of the best wineries around the
world.

We have already raised a lot of interest by leading research into the Bacchus grape
variety and would love you to be part of our adventure.

We dont want to make ordinary wine - we want you to drink extraordinary wine.

B E C O M I N G

V E N N

M E M B E R

After registering your interest, Hannah or Ben will call you to talk through VENN
membership and what it offers.

Benefits:

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
(worth 10 per person)
10% discount on any wines purchased in addition to your annual VENN
allocation
Opportunity to help at harvest or other times in the winemaking calendar
Access to the winemaker and his notes (example below), giving you a real
insight into the production of your bottles

Oxygen in the tanks headspace is


constantly measured

By purging the tank with CO2 it is possible


to create an oxygen-free environment

Minimising oxygen and oxidation protects


delicate aroma compounds such as thiols
and terpenes, which are key to the
character of wines like Bacchus

C O S T

O F

M E M B E R S H I P

225 per year (including VAT)

QUESTIONS
W H O
A R E
W E ?

Ben and Hannah Witchell form the partnership that established Flint Vineyard after
gaining many years experience of working in vineyards and wineries in France,
southern Europe, and in leading vineyards in North and South America. Ben is the
winemaker; Hannah deals with marketing and everything else!

The third partner in the business is Adrian Hipwell, a local tenant farmer whose
family has looked after the farm for over 60 years. Not only has he provided the
land and buildings to make our dreams a reality, he is the most practical man
imaginable. He designed and installed the vineyard trellis and deer fence and has
already come up with numerous ingenious inventions in the winery.

W H A T

W I L L

M Y

A L L O C A T I O N

I N C L U D E ?

Your 12-bottle case will include at least 6 bottles of limited-release wines in addition
to six current release wines.

2016 has been an exceptional year in England one of the best on record and a
great one to start making wine. However, this is not Bens first wine. He has
worked in wineries all over the world, most recently as winemaker at a boutique
chateau in Morgon, France. This years limited release wines are still being crafted
but it is likely they will be as described below.

BACCHUS
Pressed as whole-bunch grapes under inert gas taking only the free-run juice
Cool fermented in stainless steel with partial oak fermentation
A textured wine with aromas of grapefruit peel, lime and basil

BARREL-FERMENTED
PINOT BLANC
Pressed as a mixture of whole-bunch and de-stemmed grapes
Fermented and aged in 2 year-old barrels sourced personally from Pouilly Fuisse
A complex, intense wine with aromas of ripe apple and toffee

W H E N W I L L M Y W I N E B E R E A D Y T O S H I P ?

2016 is Flint Vineyards 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 and Ben has ideas for how the small volume VENN wines will
evolve. We will be bottling between February - April 2017 and shipments will be
sent out in June 2017.

W I L L

G E T

T H E

S A M E

W I N E S

E V E R Y

Y E A R ?

Flint Vineyards wines will never be the same. Ben believes in evolving every year
through innovating and recording every detail of his methods. 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.

A M

T I E D

I N ?

Absolutely not! You simply pay annually and can leave at any time.

I M

I N

W H A T

H A P P E N S

N E X T ?

Send us an email or give us a call and Hannah or Ben will contact you to answer any
questions and help you set up your subscription. You will then receive your VENN
membership card in the post with your unique VENN number.

W H E N

W I L L

R E C E I V E

M Y

W I N E ?

Members signing up before 31 May 2017 will receive their first shipment in June
2017. Members joining after this date will receive their wines within a month of
joining, subject to availability. If our current release wines have sold out, you will
automatically go to the top of our allocation list for the following years vintage.

H O W

M U C H

I S

S H I P P I N G ?

Shipping within the UK is included in your annual membership. For international


shipping please get just in touch and well make the arrangements.

H O W

T O

F I N D

U S

Flint Vineyard
Middle Road
Earsham
Norfolk
NR35 2AH

t: 01986 893209
m: 07811177734

e: hannah@flintvineyard.com

www.flintvineyard.com



R E C O M M E N D
A F R I E N D

10% off VENN membership for the following year



for every friend who becomes a VENN member

10 friends = free membership next year