`Manor` Pinot Noir

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. They recently launched a non-vintage, Leslie’s Reserve, and the Hush Heath range comprises of still wines, Skye's English Chardonnay, Manor Pinot Noir and Nanette's English Rosé. Their orchards also produce Jake's Kentish cider and, a unique new product, a Sparkling English Apple Wine. 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 undoubtedly a challenging year for UK winegrowers. Only a few will have covered their growing costs and even fewer will have full wineries. However, the high ripeness levels, dry harvest and clean grapes are some compensation and there should be some excellent wines, both still and sparkling, for drinking in the future.

Vinification

The hand-picked grapes were de-stemmed and crushed before being transferred to stainless steel fermentation vessels. Fermentation took place between 26-28°C and once completed, it was followed by six months ageing in new American and French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red, with a very clean and aromatic nose. Classic cool climate Pinot characteristics with cherry, violets and blackberry. The palate is light and fresh, ripe red berry and cherry flavours supported by a touch of sweet spice.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Southern England
Winemaker Victoria Ash
Alcohol (ABV) 12%