Skye`s English white

Southern England

Hush Heath Estate

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.

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Vineyards

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.

Vintage Information

2016 was a very challenging year for Hush Heath. The rainy spring led to poor flower, and a significant reduction in volumes. As a result winemakers Owen and Victoria decided to make an English White blend, in order to have enough volume available.

Vinification

Each variety in the blend was picked, whole bunch pressed and vinified separately. To preserve, the delicate flavours of the fruit, vinification took place in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures with specially selected yeasts. Furthermore, there was no oak ageing and malolactic fermentation was limited to preserve the freshness and acidity of the resulting wine.

Tasting Notes

Bursting with red apple and hints of pear on the nose. The palate displays lemon and lime, with mouth-watering acidity and a smooth finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 55% Chardonnay
30% Other white varieties
15% Pinot Noir
Region Southern England
Winemaker Victoria Ash
Alcohol (ABV) 11%