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Herbert Hall Traditional Method Brut 2013 English Sparkling Wine
|Herbert Hall Traditional Method Brut 2013 - 75cl||Herbert Hall Traditional Method Brut 2013 - 75cl||£29.95|
Farmed organically, Herbert Hall believes that minimum intervention techniques including pruning, bud-rubbing and leaf stripping should be completed by hand, thus retaining the natural flavour of the fruit. A small proportion of the wine is fermented in old oak barrels, adding roundness and complexity (but no oak flavour) over the course of two years. A separate 3-acre Herbert Hall vineyard is planted on lower ground to produce grapes with different sugar and acidity levels for blending. Primary fermentation takes place in stainless-steel tanks with just 10% of the final blend fermented in oak barrels.
Cellar Master: Nicholas Hall
Winery Location: South Downs | Kent, England
Annual Production (bottles): 20,000
Weather: Following a disappointing harvest in 2012, the 2013 season in England produced grapes of great ripeness and maturity. Early signs of a long cold winter resulted in delayed budburst by two weeks, however a very hot summer throughout July ensured that the grapes grew healthily, yielding incredibly complex fruit flavours.
Grape Varieties: 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 30%, Pinot Meunier
Dosage: 10 g/l
Tasting Note: A light, floral nose opens up to a palate full of freshness and a silky mousse. An abundance of fresh apple and pear-like fruit flavours combine with fresh acidity to create a nice balance. This is structured and precise with a good length of flavours at the finish.
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Herbert Hall History
Herbet Hall is a relative newcomer to the production of English Wine having only been established as recently as 2007. In spite of the fact that the land has only recently been planted to vine, in the 19th century it was being farmed by a relative of the owner Nick Hall, his great grandfather. To honour him, Nick decided to name the winery after the man who started farming in Marden in 1893 on the very site that is now the vineyard. Nick is sure Herbert would approve of the new use of the land and the wine that bears his name.
The Herbert hall vineyards are certified organic by the soil association. The belief is that with minimal intervention, the grapes reveal their true expression of the environment. With two vineyards producing a relatively small amount of wine (in the region of between 15,000 and 20,000 bottles), the Garden Vineyard is the larger of the two planted on a South-facing 4-degree gravel-seamed clay slope outside the village of Marden in the Weald of Kent. The warm site in the heart of the 'Garden of England' has consistently produced the earliest and finest fruit on the estate since it was first farmed by Herbert Hall in the 19th Century.