Hambledon Vineyard Mill Down Brut 2010 is the first release of English sparkling wine from Hambledon Vineyard. 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. For more information and photographs of Hambledon Vineyard please visit my blog for a detailed account of my visit. Mill Down Brut 2010 Vintage is a blend of 66% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier and 14% Pinot Noir. Grapes were harvested by hand in September 2010 when, after a lot of rain, there was was some botrytis in the vineyard. Therefore the grapes were sorted by hand so that only botyrtis free bunches were used. The wine was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats at 20 degrees. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was kept on the lees for seven months to enhance complexity and flavours prior to blending and bottling. Mill Down Brut 2010 was bottled in May 2011 with secondary fermentation on the bottle taking three weeks. The wine was then kept on the lees foranother 22 months before disgorgment. Dosage is 10 g/L.