Cottonworth Sparking Rose Brut is a Hampshire Sparkling Wine made by Cottonworth Wines an English Sparkling Wine producer located in the Test Valley in Hampshire. Cottonworth itself is a small village situated between the towns of Andover and Stockbridge.
Cottonworth Wines is owned by the Liddell family, fifth generation farmers, and the wine-making side of things was set up and is run by winemaker Hugh Liddell. The first vineyards at Cottonworth were planted in 2005 and comprised of two acres of German and French grape varieties. In 2012 Cottonworth planted a further 10 acres of vineyards with these three grape varieties. Two thirds of this was Pinot Noir which adds fruit and body to the final cuvee, as well as colour to the Sparkling Rosé. There are three different types of soil in the vineyards – very chalky, chalky and not chalky! These are best suited to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier respectively and the chalky, minerality can be found in the wine. As wine production at Cottonworth increased, they soon outgrew their own, tiny wine-making facilities (in the old dairy) and therefore joined forces with another Hampshire Sparkling Wine producer, Hattingley Valley Wines. Hattingley Valley Wines is located at Lower Wield near Alresford, some 20 miles away, and have a modern, state-of-the-art winery and, more importantly, excess capacity. Cottonworth Wines are now made at at Hattingley Valley winery.
All Cottonworth wines are made using the Methode Traditionelle i.e. the wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle to introduce the fizz in exactly the same way as Champagne, and most quality sparkling wine, is produced. Grapes are gently basket-pressed and the wine is fermented in a combination of temperature controlled stainless steel and oak barriques. After fermentation the wine is blended (and for the Cottonworth Sparkling Rose, this is when the red Pinot Noir component is added) and bottled for the second fermentation in the bottle. Cottonworth Sparkling Rose Brut is aged for several years on the lees prior to disgorgement. A blend of 43% Pinot Meunier, 32% Pinot Noir, 18% Chardonnay and 7% Pinot Noir Précoce – an early ripening Pinot Noir. Dosage 8g/L.
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