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Hush Heath Estate Balfour Brut Rosé

Southern England

Hush Heath Estate

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 gardens, vineyards and apple orchards. Forward thinking Richard Balfour-Lynn planted first planted vineyards on the property in 2002, with the aim of making England‘s finest sparkling Rosé, Balfour Brut.

Today, Hush Heath‘s 15 hectares of vineyards and 8 hectares of apple trees are meticulously and sustainably managed by a family of viticulturists. The Hush Heath range comprises of still wines, Skye‘s English Chardonnay and Nanette‘s English Rosé, Jake‘s Kentish cider and, new to the range, Leslie‘s Reserve NV. These are all made from estate grown fruit by winemakers Owen Elias and Victoria Ash. Owen Elias, both winemaker and cider maker, is a four time winemaker of the year by the UK Vineyards Association and has nearly 20 years experience making English wines.

All of the Hush Heath wines and ciders are named after a Balfour-Lynn family member. We are so pleased to add them to our family of wines and ciders, further demonstrating the bounty that England has to offer.

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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 information

Fruit was hand picked between the 29th of September and 11th of October in 2011.


Balfour 2011 followed a classic sparkling wine fermentation at the state of the art Hush Heath winery. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, and a small red ferment made and added to the main cuvee to provide the delicate pink colour. It spent over three years on its lees and has a dosage of 7.2g/l.

Tasting Notes

Pale salmon pink with a fine bead and a sustained mousse. Beautifully fresh on the nose with hints of strawberry and peppery spice. The palate is dry and crisp with well balanced acidity.  The richness and body reflect the ripeness of this vintage. Spice, white pepper, raspberry and hints of vanilla combine, resulting in a deliciously complex sparkling wine.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 52% Chardonnay
40% Pinot Noir
8% Pinot Meunier
Region Southern England
Winemaker Victoria Ash
Consultant Winemaker Owen Ellias
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 9.1g/l
Residual Sugar 7.2g/l
Wine pH 2.96