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Hattingley Valley Blanc de Blancs

Hampshire, Southern England

Hattingley Valley

Hattingley Valley was established by ex-solicitor Simon Robinson, who discovered that the soils on his farmland were ideal for grape growing and realised his dream by planting his first vines in 2008...

Along with the classic varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, he added a nursery with another 3000 vines of different grape varieties and rootstocks in order to determine the best matches of grape variety for the site.  The newly built winery is eco-friendly, being the first in the UK to use solar power and an innovative way of dealing with the winery’s effluent. The winery’s waste water flows downhill to where a Bio-Bubble aerobic digester is buried. It cleanses the waste water through the use of living bacteria and the resultant water is clean and potable.  This forward thinking and experimental approach makes Hattingley Valley an exciting new English producer to watch.

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Vineyards

Established in 2008, Hattingley Valley planted its first 11 hectare south-facing site on a VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis system with Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Situated on clay loam over chalk bedrock with extensive canopy management throughout the season, it provides excellent growing conditions to produce high quality, hand picked fruit.

Vintage information

2010 started with extreme snowfall that hadn‘t been experienced since the 1960s. Milder temperatures arrived in early March and bud-burst followed two weeks later. Unusual frost in May was compensated for by secondary buds on the damaged vines, which replenished a good proportion of the loss. Perfect flowering conditions were followed by an average summer with expected amounts of rainfall. The much hoped for Indian summer of the previous year never quite arrived, although temperatures in September and October remained above average and Hattingley Valley had a good yield with grapes of good ripeness.

Vinification

Approximately 10% of the wine was barrel fermented, and no malolactic fermentation took place. The wine spent eight months in tank and barrel before bottling and three years ageing on its lees. Following disgorgement in September 2014 the wine received a dosage of 10g/l and it was released in November 2014.

Tasting Notes

The Blanc de Blancs is a pure and precise wine, elegant and linear with crisp acidity. Green apple aromas with citrus on the nose give way to a fresh palate that is slightly softened by the lees ageing and barrel fermentation.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Hampshire, Southern England
Winemaker Emma Rice, Jacob Leadley
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 9.6g/l
Residual Sugar 10g/l
Wine pH 2.91