As the BBQ fires up this summer make sure to clink glasses full of only the best English Sparkling Wine. A fantastic choice is the new Blanc de Blancs 2013 (£47.50) from Hampshire vineyard Hattingley Valley.

As the Hattingley team was gearing up for their first ever wine launch in the summer of 2013, the vineyards were quietly basking in a gloriously hot July, allowing the fruit to beautifully ripen with near-perfect sugar levels.  In the Autumn harvest following this wonderful summer, the finest Chardonnay grapes were handpicked and gently whole-bunch pressed then fermented in stainless steel tanks with 7% of the harvest fermented in old oak barrels. No time is wasted on this vintage as the four years ageing on lees in a bottle and five months on cork creates a magnificent complexity and depth.

A deliciously pale golden colour with soft green shades and a pleasing flow of delicate bubbles, this Blanc de Blancs has all the characteristics of the Chardonnay – white and citrus fruits, honey on the nose sitting alongside clean and mineral flavours with a touch of pastry and brioche on the palate. Exceptional winemaking ensures a well-balanced yet refreshing acidity with a creamy mouthfeel and long, complex finish.

 The Blanc de Blancs 2013 will be the first new release with the recently redesigned label. Featuring the Silver-washed Fritillary, a rare butterfly often found on the chalk-based vineyard. The presence of this special butterfly shows that the vineyard is a thriving environment with a rich biodiversity.

 Family-owned Hattingley Valley, established in 2008 by owner Simon Robinson, specialises in premium, award-winning English Sparkling Wine. The ‘Mad Hattingley’ winemaking team is headed up by Plumpton-trained Emma Rice who is twice winner of Winemaker of the Year in 2014 and 2016. With over 24 hectares (60 acres) of vines across two well-situated sites, as well as a full wine analysis laboratory on site, the eco-friendly vineyard is known for its refreshingly modern, and sometimes eccentric, approach to wine-making.

Best enjoyed with Hampshire hot smoked trout pâté, and English cured meats such as salami and charcuterie. 



Blanc de Blancs 2013 (£47.50):

Alc: 12%
Dosage: 6g/l     
TA: 8.4g/l