Hambledon Premiere Cuvee Rose Dosage Zero is a Hampshire sparkling wine made from 100% Pinot Meunier grapes. Pinot Meunier has shown star potential in Hampshire and seems to thrive when grown on Hampshire’s chalky soils. It is no surprise that there are now a few 100% Pinot Meunier sparkling rose wines. This is not a light, aperitif style rose, this is a complex and vinous food wine. If you are looking for the lighter style, check out Hambledon Classic Cuvee Rose.
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 The Grange and Raimes, they are demonstrating that some superb wines can be made here in Hampshire.
Hambledon Premiere Cuvee Rose Dosage Zero is made from 100% Pinot Meunier grapes sourced entirely from the Hambledon Vineyard estate. This first release, released in Autumn 2019 is mostly from the 2015 harvest with barrel-aged reserve wines added to the blend. The grapes are selected and hand harvested in the vineyard followed by a second selection at the winery prior to de-stemming and crushing to ensure only the most mature grapes were used. After a cold pre-fermentation soak for 12 hours, fermentation took place at 18°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine was produced in the saignée method, using only the free-run juice to concentrate flavours and manage yield. Malolactic fermentation took place to soften the acidity. The wine was then left to rest on fine lees for six months before blending with reserve wines. The wine was bottled in June 2016 and then underwent a minimum of 35 months ageing on lees prior to disgorgement. Of course, as a Zero Dosage sparkling wine, this has no added sugar.