From the outset Hundred Hills have chosen to produce low yielding, high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and have focused hard to create outstanding chalk valley vineyards, where grapes can slowly grow and ripen on the vine every year for more than the magical hundred days. From the wooded chalk valleys of Hundred Hills emerge clean, clear wines that truly reflect a sense of time and place in the way the very best Burgundies seek to do.
The 2019 vintage was in many ways perhaps the most perfect yet for Hundred Hills. The season began early, with shoots well developed by the start of May, and summer saw some of the highest temperatures seen to date in the vineyards. Then a long, cool and dry autumn allowed the grapes to fully ripen whilst retaining perfect levels of acidity at harvest.
Hundred Hills Hillside No.3 was a very late harvested ‘third pass’ selection of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from right across the south-facing vineyard parcels. Only made in small quantities this wine reveals a luxuriant complexity from a beautiful, long, and cool ripening vintage.
Much more recognisably champagne-like than the Preambles. Really sophisticated. Good grip on the palate and a dry but not drying finish. Long. Good mousse. Much more approachable than the Preamble 2016!”