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.
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.
2011 was a late but very warm harvest, with record temperatures in September and October allowing the grapes to ripen well.
After the grapes were harvested and sorted, 25% of the total blend was barrel fermented in three and four year white Burgundy and Bordeaux barrels, giving the wine lovely texture and richness. The wine then spent 8 months on its fermentation lees, with no stirring or addition of sulphur dioxide and occasional topping up. Final blending occurred in June 2012 before filtration and bottling in July 2012. The wine spent 12 months ageing on its lees with a further two months after disgorging.
Pale gold with aromas of red berries and brioche. The palate is fruity, broad and round and is balanced by brisk acidity and fine mousse. It has a lovely delicate toasty character from the ageing on lees whilst the gentle oak flavour adds an extra layer of complexity. The developing aromas make it superb to drink now but it also has all the components that will allow age.
20% Pinot Noir
9% Pinot Meunier
|Region||Hampshire, Southern England|
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