The exciting thing about vintage wines such as Balfour, is the way the wines reveal the characteristics of each English summer. 2011 was a Chardonnay year with harvest in late October with pure precise flavors and a great backbone of acidity.
The flagship expression Balfour Brut Rosé has helped put this producer firmly on the English wine map, winning a Decanter Gold Medal in 2013 and being regularly served on the Orient Express and British Airways First Class flights, as well as being chosen as the only English wine to be served at the London 2012 Olympics.
Gentle pressing then fermentation in stainless steel. A small amount of red juice is fermented and added to the main blend to create the delicate pink color. In contrast to the NV styles, no malolactic fermentation takes place in order to preserve the hallmark English acidity and structure. After secondary fermentation in bottle the wine spends at least 24 months on lees
Pale salmon. The nose is vibrantly fresh with hints of strawberry, basil and a peppery spice. The palate is very dry, crisp and has well-balanced acidity. The richness and body reflect the ripeness of this vintage. Spice, white pepper, raspberry and hints of vanilla combine, resulting in a deliciously complex sparkling wine.
- Region: England - Kent
- Varietal: 52% Chardonnay - 40% Pinot Noir - 8% Pinot Meunier
- Vintage: 2011
- Vineyard: Hush Heath Estate
- Vine Age: Average: 7 years old
- Soil Type: Wealden Clay over Tunbridge Wells Sand
- TA: 9.1 grams per liter
- Residual Sugar: 7.2 grams per liter
- Alcohol: 12%
- Oak: None - Stainless Steel
- Production: 1,800 cases
Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north west, Surrey to the west, East Sussex to the south west, and across the Thames Estuary is the county of Essex. The county town is Maidstone. With a population of over 1.4 million, Kent is the second most populous... Learn More »
HUSH HEATH ESTATE
With a history dating back to 1503, the exquisite Tudor-framed Hush Heath Manor is the family home of the Balfour-Lynn’s since the 1980s. The Manor nestles into the hill, overlooking the vineyards and estate with magnificent views across the Weald of Kent. There are 400 acres enveloped in ancient oak woodland is a veritable Eden and a fitting setting for the Balfour wines and vision. Learn More »
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