Hindleap Rose Bluebell Vineyard Estates Sussex 2014

Country
United Kingdom
Region
Southern England
Producer
Bluebell Vineyard Estates
Grape(s)
Pinot Noir (77%)
Pinot Meunier (23%)
Type
Sparkling
Style
Fizz
Oaked Style
Unoaked
Body Style
Light bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Bone dry
Alcohol Content
11.5%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
No
Vegan
No
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

If you have never tried an English wine before – well now is your opportunity. The vineyards of England are generally located in the warmer southern counties where the milder influences of the gulf stream have an important effect, as our northern hemisphere vineyards need a longer cooler growing season than in Europe to produce top quality grapes. More than 500 vineyards are in production across the UK and bottled annual sales has reached 3 million bottles, with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus the most planted varieties.

Producer

The original 4ha of Bluebell Vineyards were planted in 2005 with the desire to produce high quality English sparkling wines. The wines are named Hindleap as the Hindleap Hill is just beyond the vineyards. Situated on the fringes of the Ashdown Forest on sandstone soils, there are now 10 ha under vine, predominantly Pinot Noir and the classic Champagne varieties with some experimental Riesling and Gewurztraminer. The vines are carefully nurtured and hand harvested before small bath fermentation. Blending the wines before the second fermentation and ageing for a minimum nine months(17 months in practice) imparts a distinct imprint of terroir to the Champagne quality.
Tasting Notes
The Hindleap vineyard was planted in 2005 on chalk and sandstone soils adjacent to the Bluebell Railway and fringes of the Ashdown Forest. Produced by the traditional method, this elegant pale sparkling rosé has been blended from the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier varieties to capture a crisp fresh fruitiness, lending hints of red berries on the nose and a succulent citrus palate. Well balanced and with excellent structure it has a dry, delicate and long finish.
Food
A great aperitif which can be enjoyed al fresco with summer picnics, salads, crayfish, seafood, mushroom and cream risotto or light goats cheeses.
Media
Winner of the Bob Lindo Trophy 2011 for Best Sparkling Rose.