Balfour-Hush Heath Estate, situated in Kent, dates back to 1503. At the heart of the property is a Tudor manor surrounded by 162 hectares of perfectly manicured oak forests, vineyards, and apple orchards. Forward-thinking Richard Balfour-Lynn first planted vineyards on the property in 2002, with the aim of making England's finest sparkling rosé. Today, the 25 hectares of vineyards and eight hectares of apple trees are meticulously and sustainably managed by a family of viticulturists. The wines and cider, some named after Richard’s family, are made from estate grown fruit by winemakers Owen Elias and Victoria Ash. Owen is a four-time UK Vineyards Association 'Winemaker of the Year' winner and has nearly 20 years of experience making English wines.
All vineyards are located on the 400-acre estate in the heart of Kent. Wealden clay soils overlay Tunbridge Wells sand. Vines are trellised using the double Guyot method with vertical shoot positioning (VSP). Planting density is 3300 vines per hectare and the whole estate is managed sustainably.
Each variety was picked, whole bunch pressed and vinified separately at fairly low temperatures (14-16°C) in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts to preserve the aromatic, fresh fruit. The wine then spent six months on lees in tank to soften and add a layer of richness. No oak was used.#
38% Pinot Blanc/Pinot Bianco, 37% Chardonnay, 25% other white varieties.
Pale gold in colour with hints of green. On the nose, this is an aromatic wine with notes of apricots, white flowers and dried herbs. The palate is crisp and dry, redolent of citrus, green apple and stone fruit, framed by a refreshing backbone of acidity.
ABV = 11.5%.