I think it's fair to say we've stooped to new lows at Cloudwine with our first ever listing of a wine from the 'old country.' Yep......a sparkler from Hampshire in the UK!! But to be fair, a more than reasonable foil for quality French Grower Champagne.
I think it's fair to say we've stooped to new lows at Cloudwine with our first ever listing of a wine from the 'old country.' Yep......a sparkler from Hampshire in the UK!!
But to be fair this is proper stuff. Hattingley Valley was established in 2008, when Simon Robinson planted the first south-facing site. He and “extraordinarily talented” (says Matthew Jukes) winemaker Emma Rice then planned the modern, eco-friendly winery in Wield, which was completed in 2010. It released its first wine in August 2013, and a year later was declared to have made the world's finest vintage rosé in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.
Jancis Robinson justly cites Hattingley Valley as one of the producers that “have really put English vineyards on the world wine map”.
"50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Meunier, 1% Pinot Gris. 10% barrel fermented. This is a really, really pretty nose – all fresh orchard fruit and spring blossom. Open and feminine and lacy, tasting of spring and morning sunshine. Bit of spice, just giving it a tiny bit of kick. Real dance and trilling energy. This is incredibly drinkable! Delightfully English, owning its identity and not remotely a champagne wannabe. What a joy. Russet apples and lily of the valley." 17/20 - Tamlyn Currin - jancisrobinson.com