The Wine Shop

Hambledon Classic Cuvee

English Sparkling Wine

Price: £28.50

TASTING NOTE: Fresh sourdough, magnolia and lily scents mingle with a hint of smoke over a core of greengage, red plums and dessert apples. The Palate is vivid, almost vibrantly crunchy with precise,
structured yet ripe acidity. It is linear, dense and long with momentum and power that bodes well for the future. This wine has energy and
latent tension that will unfold to reveal layers of floral and stone fruit aromas and a rich palate with great length.


ASSEMBLAGE: BLEND: 53% Chardonnay, 31% Pinot Noir, 16 % Pinot Meunier, mostly from the 2015 harvest with tank-aged reserve wines added

DOSAGE: 7g/l


 VINIFICATION: All the grapes were pre-selected and handpicked from our own private estate. A second selection took place in the winery prior to pressing to ensure only the most mature grapes were used.  Repeated tasting during pressing resulted in a low yield extraction: we sacrificed volume to maximize quality.
A slow-temperature controlled fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at about 18°C, with around 3% of the wines fermented in
specially selected French oak barrels to add complexity and structure. Malolactic fermentation took place to soften the minerality. Finally,
we left the wines resting for six months on fine lees before blending them with our reserve wines before bottling.

AGEING: Minimum of 30 months on the lees
 
WINEMAKER’S ADVICE: Ready to drink now or can be cellared for up to five years in optimum storage conditions.
 
UK DISTRIBUTOR: Fields, Morris & Verdin.