Part 3 of 3 following our visit to the English Sparkling Range Winery Hundred Hills
Founder Stephen Duckett, @bampwine and I taste and discuss Hundred Hills Preamble Rose 2018 having had a tour of the vineyard in Part one and having tasted the Blanc de Blancs 2018 in Part 2.
Steep chalk slopes, warmed gently through the English summer, and soils poor enough that every year the vines must struggle for survival and produce the most enticing grapes they can. From the outset Hundred Hills focused on the low yielding, high quality forms of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that had produced so many great wines in Burgundy and Champagne during the twentieth century, now the climate of Southern England in the twenty-first. Hundred Hills carefully segmented their vineyard into ten parcels, each with their own aspect, slopes and soils, and now all filled with different Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines.