Hambledon Vineyard Disgorging, Dosage, Labelling

Hambledon Vineyard Seminar and Wine Tasting Evening

8th November, 2013, 6 – 9pm

@ Hambledon Vineyard Tasting Room and Winery

Edit: Since this article was written, the first Hambledon release, the Mill Down is no longer available. The 2010 Mill Down was a “test run”, the first commercially available wine. Their permanent range now included the Classic Cuvee Brut, the Rose Brut and the fantastic Premiere Cuvee.

I am afraid I wasn’t lucky enough to attend the Hambledon Vineyard Seminar and Wine Tasting Evening above but one of my colleagues was able to go. Having spoken nicely to them I managed to persuade them to take a video of the process of uncorking, disgorging, dosage through to adding capsule and label etc. The evening consisted of a very interesting tour of the winery, a wine tasting presented by Joe Wadsack and then a chance make one’s own bottle of Hambledon Vineyard Mill Down Wine with whichever dosage the person making that bottle required. The standard dosage for Mill Down is 10g/litre, however I am led to believe that an Extra Brut (6g/litre) and zero dosage were also made on the evening. I am big fan of zero dosage wines and I think Hambledon Vineyard Zero has quite a nice ring to it. May be they will look at other cuvées at a later date.

In the video below one can see how sparkling wine is made using the Traditional Method.

Hambledon Vineyard Seminar and Wine Tasting Evening

  1. Uncorking and Disgorging or Dégorgement – removal of crown cap and ice plug
  2. Dosage – desired amount of sugar solution added to make the wine Extra Brut, Brut, Demi Sec etc.
  3. Corking and addition of wine cage
  4. Capsule added
  5. Labeling

Tasting Notes: Hambledon Vineyard Mill Down Brut 2010 is a light, pale straw colour with some green hints and lots of small, fine bubbles. The nose aromas of floral aromas, red apples, some strawberry / red fruit notes and a chalky minerality or stone character. The palate is dominated by citrus / lemon flavours and is very fresh, clean and well-balance with fine mineral character and zingy, refreshing acidity. Good long finish.

Please read more about my own visit to Hambledon Vineyard here and here.

 

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