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Hattingley Valley Kings Cuvée

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

2011 was a late but very warm harvest, with record temperatures in September and October allowing the grapes to ripen well.

Vinification

A classic blend of grapes from Hattingley Valley‘s home vineyard. 100% barrel-fermented in two old Burgundy barrels; the wine was bottled unfiltered straight from the barrels in 2012. After one year in the barrels and two years in the bottle on its lees, it was disgorged in June 2014 with 8 g/L dosage.

Tasting Notes

A very limited release, the King‘s Cuvee has a fine and persistent mousse. Soft, approachable apples and yellow plum aromas combine with a subtle hint of freshly baked bread and a delicate oak character. On the palate, the wine‘s fresh acidity is beautifully balanced by its subtle creaminess and delicate fruit flavour.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 72% Chardonnay
14% Pinot Noir
14% Pinot Meunier
Region Hampshire, Southern England
Winemaker Emma Rice, Jacob Leadley
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 12.75g/l
Residual Sugar 9g/l
Wine pH 3.02