Hambledon Vineyard Classic Cuvee Rose is the first Rosé sparkling wine to be released from Hambledon Vineyard and was launched for the first time in November 2016. Hambledon Vineyard is England’s oldest commercial vineyard and is just starting to release their superb sparkling wine after a number of years of investment, vineyard planting and the building of a 100% gravity flow winery. The grapes for this wine are all estate-grown from vineyards on the South East facing chalky slopes of Windmill Hill in the village of Hambledon. Along with other Hampshire Sparkling Wine producers, like Cottonworth and Raimes, they are demonstrating that some superb wines can be made here in Hampshire.
The grapes for the Hambledon Vineyard Classic Cuvee Rose are hand harvested from the estate’s chalky vineyards in the South Downs and then undergo a selection at the winery to make sure only the best, most mature grapes are used. It is a non-vintage blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The majority (96%) of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes undergo a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks at about 18°C. Some of the Chardonnay (4%) is fermented in French oak barrels to add further complexity and structure to the final blend. The wines are then allowed to rest for 6 months, the cuvee is then assembled. Most of the wine for this first cuvee is from the the 2014 vintage but the blend also includes some tank and barrel-aged reserve wines. The wine is then bottled where it undergoes the secondary fermentation. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 14 months on the lees in their cellars dug into the chalk downs prior to disgorgement. The dosage of is 10 g/L. A superb, Rosé and a great Hampshire Sparkling Wine. Hambledon really are on top of their game!