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Balfour - Hush Heath Estate, Leslie's Reserve NV

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. In the summer of 2018, Balfour - Hush Heath Estate opened their new state-of-the-art winery and cellar door tasting room.

The flagship Brut Rosé is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, which spends over three years on its lees. The result is a crisp rosé with balanced red berry fruit, richness from the lees ageing and elegance from the restrained dosage. The non-vintage 'Leslie's Reserve' offers great value for an English sparkling wine. It is made from the same three grape varieties as Brut Rosé and is aged on its lees for 15 months. It is fruity and appealing, with lovely roundness on the palate and a refreshing acidity on the finish. The Blanc de Blancs is only produced in very small quantities and only in the finest vintages. The wine spends 30 months on its lees which adds depth and complexity. It is a clean vibrant style with crisp acidity and a wonderful lightness.

The Estate’s still wines, known as the ‘Family Collection’, are a real discovery. ‘Skye's English White’, a blend based on 55% Chardonnay, has a lively citrus fruit character on the palate and racy acidity that is balanced by good depth on the mid-palate. The beautifully pale ‘Nanette's English Rose’ is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Meunier, which gives it a citrus edge. ‘Luke’s Pinot Noir’ is an elegant red, with ripe and soft tannins, beautifully balanced acidity and juicy red fruit and spice notes. ‘Liberty’s Bacchus’ is a new addition to the list, made from grapes from the Foxwood vineyard, the highest point on the estate. A proportion of the wine underwent fermentation in barrel with wild yeasts, resulting in a lovely toasty complexity balanced by zesty acidity. The Springfield Chardonnay is the first still Chardonnay that Balfour has made since 2015. Made exclusively from fruit from the marvellous 2018 vintage, with careful use of new French and American oak, this wine showcases the huge potential of English still wines. With a bright straw complexion and a fresh palate of grapefruit and green apple, this wine is drinking beautifully now but also has the capacity to age elegantly.

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 shot positioning. Planting density is 3300 vines per hectare and the whole estate is managed sustainably.

The grapes for this non-vintage (NV) wine are usually harvested in October.

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and then fermented at 16°C in stainless steel. Secondary fermentation took place in bottle and the wine aged on its lees for 15 months. The grapes are all grown, fermented and bottled on the Estate.

Residual sugar = 19g/l.

55% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier.

A golden colour with pink highlights, Leslie's Reserve is a fresh and vibrant style with an expressive and fruity character of citrus, green apple and a creamy mousse. It has a lovely roundness on the palate, refreshing acidity on the finish and complexity derived from the lees ageing.

ABV = 12.0%.

£27.75

Gusbourne Blanc De Blancs 2014 (1x75cl)

The 2013 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2019 edition article: The Most Exciting Wines of 2018 (see blue link below)... 

Gusbourne Blanc De Blancs 2013 - January 2019 Decanter review

... and was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com(see blue link below) in their Summer 2018 review of English sparkling wine.

Gusbourne Blanc De Blancs 2013 - Decanter review

For a full description of this wine and this vintage, we would direct you to the data sheet/fiche technique from Gusbourne themselves (click blue link below)

Gusbourne Blanc De Blancs 2014 - fiche technique

100% Chardonnay (being, as it is, a Blanc de Blancs).

A bright golden colour with a delicate mousse, the Blanc De Blancs has classic Chardonnay aromas of green apple, citrus and mineral notes combined with buttered toast and tarte tatin richness from extended lees ageing. This wine is a great accompaniment to seafood in general, but is perfect with freshly shucked oysters.

£45.00

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2015 (1x75cl)

For a full description of this wine, we would direct you to the data sheet/fiche technique from Gusbourne themselves (click blue link below)

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2015 - fiche technique

See also the release notes from the producer here.

53% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 7% Pinot Meunier.

Bright gold in colour, this blend highlights red fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry, which then develop into attractive fresh pastry notes with a touch of cinnamon and spice. With a bright streak of citrus fruit, the palate is clean and fresh whilst giving tones of soft stone fruit and a long, refreshing finish. It is the flexible partner for contemporary and classic English food pairings; from seared scallops and smoked eels to fish & chips (seriously: try it!)

ABV = 12.0%.

£35.20

Gusbourne Sparkling Rose 2015 (1x75cl)

For a full description of this wine, we would direct you to the data sheet/fiche technique from Gusbourne themselves (click blue link below)

Gusbourne Sparkling Rose 2015 - fiche technique

54% Pinot Noir, 32% Pinot Meunier, 14% Chardonnay.

Delicate pink in appearance, with soft summer berries and floral notes on the nose. The palate shows bright red fruits, driven by ripe strawberries, fresh cherries and redcurrants, with a crisp freshness and creamy, rounded texture on the finish.

ABV = 12.0%.

£40.20

Hattingley Valley Blanc de Blancs 2013 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2019 edition panel tasting of global Blanc de Blancs sparklings (see blue link below).

Hattingley Valley Blanc De Blancs 2013 - September 2019 Decanter review

Hattingley Valley is a family owned business located in Hampshire specialising in premium English sparkling wines. Simon Robinson established Hattingley Valley in 2008. Following in-depth feasibility studies, the first 28-acre, south-facing site was planted in May of that year with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Alongside Emma Rice, he planned the modern, eco-friendly winery in Wield that was completed in 2010. It uses the latest technology and equipment from continental Europe, has sophisticated waste disposal facilities and was the first UK winery to adopt solar power.

The estate currently manages over 24 hectares (60 acres) of vines across two, well-situated sites under the watchful eyes of its vineyard managers. The vines are nurtured throughout the growing year with an environmentally-sensitive approach to viticulture ensuring optimum ripeness, yield and quality of fruit.

At Hattingley Valley, the traditional method (method champenoise) is used for winemaking. A key element of the house style is the subtle use of oak barrels to ferment a small proportion of the wines each year, as well as ageing on lees in stainless steel tanks. This helps to soften the wines before they go into bottles for the second fermentation. 

The butterfly you see across Hattingley’s branding is the Silver-washed Fritillary, a rare butterfly often found in the chalk-based vineyard. The presence of this special butterfly shows that the vineyard is a thriving environment with a rich biodiversity.

Since launching its first release in August 2013, Hattingley Valley has been recognised in competitions across the globe and developed into one of the most respected producers of English sparkling wines in the country. Hattingley was awarded the ‘World Champion’ trophy for its 2011 Blanc de Blancs in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017.

Here's Hattingley Valley's own data sheet/fiche technique on this, the BdB 2013.

Hattingley Valley Blanc De Blancs 2013 - fiche technique

This wine has a lovely deep gold colour with a green hue and a fine mousse. The nose has delicate white fruit that gives way to a rich toasty and honeyed charm. The palate is beautifully balanced and complex – ripe apples with a crisp yet soft acidity that is balanced by a hint of oak influence. A rich and rounded mouth-feel and long finish. It has great ageing potential.

£35.20

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and Gold status at the 2019 IWC (International Wine Challenge) in May 2019 (see blue link below for review and their tasting note).

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee NV - IWC 2019 award and review

Winemaker, Cherie Spriggs, is central to every decision that gets made at Nyetimber. She assesses each and every handpicked vineyard individually. This means choosing the optimal time to harvest the grapes, supervising their gentle pressing and their eventual vinification in stainless steel tanks. This level of knowledge allows her to make informed decisions about blending wines the following spring.

Southern England is perfect for the production of sparkling wine. The chalk seam that supplies Champagne grapes with the perfect green sand and chalky soil to flourish is the very same that runs under the lee of the South Downs. This is where, sheltered from the coastal winds, Nyetimber's vines are planted across eight separate sites. The climate here allows for the slow ripening of their grapes, allowing them to achieve the optimum level of acidity for the wine, as well as the complexity and finesse that they strive for. At Nyetimber they only use grapes from their own vineyards. Prior to harvest, the grapes are tasted to ensure the best flavour development before picking. And if they aren’t up to standard? They simply won’t use them.

All Nyetimber's wines are made according to the traditional méthode champenoise, ageing them for extended periods of time and giving the bottles sufficient post-disgorgement time before release.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note (including grape variety proportions in the blend, which do vary with/in this wine) from the winemakers themselves.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee NV - fiche technique

Nyetimer Classic Cuvée is a lovely pale gold colour with gentle and fine bubbles.  The aromas are toasty, spicy and complex, showing wonderful development after spending more than three years on its lees in the cellar. The palate supports the complex aromas and is enriched with the flavours of honey, almond, pastry and baked apples.  This sparkling wine is very elegant with a great combination of intensity, delicacy and length.

£31.25
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