Balfour-Hush Heath Estate

Kent, kent England

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, Balfour Brut. Today, Hush Heath's 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. In the summer of 2018, Hush Heath opened their new state-of-the-art winery and cellar door tasting room.


The flagship Balfour Brut Rosé is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which spends over three years on its lees. The result is a crisp rosé with balanced red berry fruit, richness from the lees ageing and elegance from the restrained dosage. The non-vintage 'Leslie's Reserve' offers great value for an English sparkling wine. It is made from the same three grape varieties as Balfour Brut Rosé and is aged on its lees for 15 months. It is fruity and appealing, with lovely roundness on the palate and a refreshing acidity on the finish. Hush Heath's still wines, known as the ‘Family Collection’, are a real discovery. ‘Skye's English White’, a blend based on 55% Chardonnay,  has a lively citrus fruit character on the palate and racy acidity that is balanced by good depth on the mid-palate. The beautifully pale ‘Nanette's English Rose’ is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, which gives it a citrus edge. ‘Luke’s Pinot Noir’ is an elegant red, with ripe and soft tannins, beautifully balanced acidity and juicy red fruit and spice notes. ‘Liberty’s Bacchus’ is a new addition to the list. Made from grapes from the Foxwood vineyard, the highest point on the Hush Heath estate. A proportion of the wine underwent fermentation in barrel with wild yeasts, resulting in a lovely toasty complexity balanced by zesty acidity.


Hush Heath also have two Sparkling Apple Wines in their range, which are made from a blend of Kentish Cox, Bramley and Russet apples and are fermented in bottle using Champagne yeasts. These are incredibly refreshing and offer a unique alternative aperitif or accompaniment to a cheeseboard. All the orchards, grown over Wealden clay and Tonbridge Wells sand, are trained in a traditional pinwheel to aid picking and are all grown sustainably. Jake's Kentish Cider uses the same varieties, fermented in tank, to produce an intense apple flavour and delicate mousse. It is off-dry with lively balancing acidity and a dry finish.

 

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