First we had a reputation surge for English sparkling wines. Now the still wines are gaining huge acclaim. Thanks to a few degrees extra warmth, Pinot Noir ripens beautifully as shown in this lightly spiced cherry red from award-winning Hush Heath.
Hush Heath Manor dates back to the 16th century, and since the 1980s has been the home of Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn. 16 of the estate’s 160 hectares have been planted with vines since 2002, and a winery was added in 2010. The vineyards are nurtured by the Turner family, talented viticulturalists who firmly believe in sustainability. They’ve planted hedgerows around each plot, which, combined with ancient oak woodlands, give Hush Heath its own microclimate, slightly warmer than the surrounding area – a big boon to ripening. Consultant winemaker is Owen Elias, six times ‘UK Winemaker of the Year’, who advises resident winemaker Victoria Ash. This is a very pretty wine, not heavy, but charming. Great with dishes from meaty fish to game.
"Aged briefly in French and American oak, with vibrant, silky, floral, rose petal scented style"
Jane MacQuitty The Times
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