Herbert Hall, Kent, United Kingdom

A relative newcomer to the English wine scene, Herbert Hall was set up in 2007 with the first vintage released in 2009. Their artisan, minimal intervention wines made from organic grapes was quickly noticed as among the finest English sparkling wines around. Sheltered by ancient hedgerows, outside the village of Marden in the Weald of Kent, the sunny aspect, and tough soil combine to produce fruit of intense flavour. Berries are small and yields naturally low. Soil nutrition is used sparingly and fruit quality is maintained by rigorous canopy management. The Vineyard is certified Organic by the Soil Association.

Herbert Hall Brut 2014

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This is a champagne in all but the name.

Production year: 2014 / ABV: 12.0%

Grapes: Blend of organically grown Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier/Pinot Noir (40%:30%:30%)  

Wine making: Handmade, Traditional Method English Sparkling Wine. Cool primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks with 10% of the final blend fermented in oak barrels. Secondary fermentation and 15 months ageing in bottle. The wine has undergone malolactic fermentation.

Winemakers: Nick Hall, Peter Morgan, Kirsty Smith

Tasting notes - Elegant, dry sparkling wine made exclusively from grapes grown organically at the Marden Vineyard in Kent. Clean and well defined with emphasis on fruit expression. Herbert Hall Brut 2014 has a floral nose with hints of brioche, a fine, silky mousse, fresh fruits on the palate, and balanced acidity.