Balfour - Hush Heath Estate, Leslie's Reserve

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£29.00

Sparkling

6 In Stock

PRODUCER

Balfour - 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 oak forests, 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. Today, the 25 hectares of vineyards and eight hectares of apple trees are meticulously and sustainably managed by a family of viticulturists. The wines and cider, some named after Richard’s family, are made from estate grown fruit by winemakers Owen Elias and Victoria Ash. Owen is a four-time UK Vineyards Association 'Winemaker of the Year' winner and has nearly 20 years of experience making English wines. 

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

The grapes for this non vintage wine are usually harvested in October.

VINIFICATION

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and then fermented at 16° C in stainless steel. Secondary fermentation took place in bottle and the wine aged on its lees for 15 months. The grapes are all grown, fermented and bottled on the Estate. TASTING NOTES A golden colour with pink highlights, Leslie's Reserve is a fresh and vibrant style with an expressive and fruity character of citrus, green apple and a creamy mousse. It has a lovely roundness on the palate, refreshing acidity on the finish and complexity derived from the lees ageing.

TASTING NOTES

A golden colour with pink highlights, Leslie's Reserve is a fresh and vibrant style with an expressive and fruity character of citrus, green apple and a creamy mousse. It has a lovely roundness on the palate, refreshing acidity on the finish and complexity derived from the lees ageing. 

AWARDS

SILVER - International Wine Challenge 2016

Grape Varieties 55%  Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay 5% Meunier
Winemaker  Victoria Ash
Closure Agglomerated Cork
ABV  12%
Residual Sugar  19g/L
Acidity  8.5g/L
Wine pH  3.03
Bottle Sizes  75cl
Notes  Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian