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 gardens, 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, Balfour Brut. Today, Hush Heath’s 15 hectares of vineyards and 8 hectares of apple trees are meticulously and sustainably managed by a family of viticulturists. The Hush Heath range comprises of still wines, Skye’s English Chardonnay and Nanette’s English Rosé, Jake’s Kentish cider and, new to the range, Leslie’s Reserve NV. These are all made from estate grown fruit by winemakers Owen Elias and Victoria Ash. Owen Elias, both winemaker and cider maker, is a four time winemaker of the year by the UK Vineyards Association and has nearly 20 years experience making English wines. All of the Hush Heath wines and ciders are named after a Balfour-Lynn family member. We are so pleased to add them to our family of wines and ciders, further demonstrating the bounty that England has to offer.
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.
2015 was a long year in the vineyard; late flowering with good fruit set and changeable weather led to a very late harvest as the grapes were coaxed to their optimum ripeness. Harvest of the specially selected burgundy clones in the Middle Strackney Wood vineyard took place between the 24th to 29th of October.
The hand-picked grapes were de-stemmed and crushed to the red fermenters. There followed a brief and relatively cool fermentation (26-28°C) before draining, and a short period in tank and 10% in new American oak. Malolactic fermentation took place to to add body and complexity to the wine.
Bright ruby red, with a very clean and aromatic nose. Classic cool climate Pinot characteristics with cherry, leather and hints of raspberry. The palate is light and fresh, ripe red berry and redcurrant flavours supported by a touch of spicy pepperiness. Good length, showing flavours of raspberry, black pepper and sublte mint.