Hambledon is the country’s oldest commercial vineyard and considered to be amongst the best traditional method English Sparkling wine producers. This award-winning sparkling wine is vibrant, creamy, yeasty and fresh. It has quintessentially British characteristics of blossom aromas and Granny Smith apple flavours. The palate is undeniably refreshing with crisp acidity.
Ian Kellett acquired Hambledon Vineyard in 1999 with a vision to restore its winemaking heritage. Recognising the potential for sparkling wines in England, he planted a 10-acre ‘test bed’ of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Reviving a former relationship, the vineyard collaborated with the esteemed Champagne House, Pol Roger. Proving the site’s capability to grow quality grapes, the vineyard became a company in 2010, with support from minority shareholders and government funding. In 2011, Hervé Jestin, a prominent chef de cave, joined as a winemaking expert. Now boasting over 200 acres of vineyards and a state-of-the-art winery and visitor centre.
– Producer: Hambledon
– Region: Hampshire
– Country: England
– Grape Variety: Grapes: 56% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir,17 % Pinot Meunier, from the 2016 harvest with tank-aged reserve wines added (20%) – Vintage: 2018
– Dosage: 4.5g/l
– Ageing: 35 months on the lees minimum. Bottling June 2017.
– Colour: White
– Alcohol: 13%
– Style: Sparkling & Fruity