We held our second blind tasting panel this month and were pleased to welcome two well experienced Masters of Wine to the panel. We tasted a range of twelve sparkling wines from all around England, and were pleased to pass five wines through to the site. This is the first… Hush Heath Estate’s Balfour Brut Rosé 2008.
We are pleased to welcome Hush Heath to the site, having met Richard Balfour-Lynn at the Riedel tasting he hosted just a few months ago. Owen Elias, the winemaker of the Balfour Brut Rosé, has also contributed to this Sparkling English Wine blog in the past.
Hush Heath Estate is set in the depths of the beautiful Kentish countryside, not too far from Maidstone. The meticulous vineyards are spread around the site and one at Sandhurst, reaching a total of just under 30 acres, making it a fairly large vineyard in England. With a consistent split of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot noir, and 10% Pinot meunier planted across the vineyards, this denomination of vines represents the blend of grapes in the finished product of Balfour Brut Rosé.
The Balfour Brut Rosé, created by the tender hands of Owen Elias, four time UK winemaker of the year, and Hush Heath’s assistant winemaker Vicky Ash, who cut her teeth in NZ after completing a Viticulture & Oenology degree at Plumpton College, is a fantastic example of what we do best here in England.
The fine light pink colour is accentuated by the persistent stream of delicate bubbles. The nose has a fresh fruitiness and blackcurrant leaf with a touch of autolysis, opening up into a deliciously creamy mousse and fruity palate. The balance, length and finish are superb, and make this wine a serious contender for one of the top wines in the country.
Whether you buy the Balfour Brut Rosé by the single bottle, mixed with other wines of your choice, or included in our two festive mixed cases, the Fanciful Festive Assortment six pack, and the Triple Tipple, be sure you get to sample this fantastic wine…