Country: England Region: Hampshire, Southern England
Varietal: 71% Chardonnay - 20% Pinot Noir - 9% Pinot Meunier
Vintage: 2011 Colour: White Style: Sparkling
Producer: Emma Rice
Hattingley Valley was established by ex-solicitor Simon Robinson, who discovered that the soils on his farmland were ideal for grape growing and realised his dream by planting his first vines in 2008... Along with the classic varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, he added a nursery with another 3000 vines of different grape varieties and rootstocks in order to determine the best matches of grape variety for the site. The newly built winery is eco-friendly, being the first in the UK to use solar power and an innovative way of dealing with the winerys effluent. The winerys waste water flows downhill to where a Bio-Bubble aerobic digester is buried.It cleanses the waste water through the use of living bacteria and the resultant water is clean and potable. This forward thinking and experimental approach makes Hattingley Valley an exciting new English producer to watch.
Ageing Potential: Drink Fresh
Pale gold with aromas of red berries and brioche. The palate is fruity, broad and round and is balanced by brisk acidity and fine mousse. It has a lovely delicate toasty character from the ageing on lees whilst the gentle oak flavour adds an extra layer of complexity. The developing aromas make it superb to drink now but it also has all the components thatwill allow age.
Food Matches: Aperitif / Foie Gras / Caviar / Oysters