This 'garagiste' handmade white is produced from low-yield pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier grown organically at the Marden Vineyard in Kent. This is English wine at it's best.
Herbert Hall Brut
Region : England > Kent > Marden
Tasting note : Toast, citrus and brioche
Blend : Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Ageing : A small proportion of the wine is fermented in old oak barrels, adding roundness and complexity (but no oak flavour) over the course of 2 years. Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia author Tom Stevenson described our the producer's use of barrels as "Masterful".
ABV : 12%
Drink me with : Shellfish and white meats
About the Producer : The Marden Vineyard is regarded as one of the most exciting new vineyards in England.
Described by the authoritative WINES BEHIND THE LABEL GUIDE (2009) as a "Prime Site" it is planted on a unique parcel of land which has consistently produced the earliest and finest fruit on the estate since it was first farmed by Herbert Hall in the 19th Century.
The site is a South-facing 4-degree slope and forms part of the Marden Gravels. It basks in full English summer sun during the ripening period. The unforgiving soil is clay seamed with gravel which in dry periods sets hard as stone.
Sheltered by ancient hedgerows, the vineyard's 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 rather than chemical sprays.
Since its first year in production our organically grown fruit has consistently achieved the balance of acidity and sugar that is so crucial to the production of fine Traditional Method Sparkling Wines.