If you’re a champagne lover, this is for you. Hambledon’s grapes are grown on the same chalk that you’ll find in the Champagne region in France, resulting in delectable sparkling wines that are basically champagne in all but the name. So why not wow your guests this Christmas by buying local bubbles and backing British? Over to Hambledon.
We undertake a range of practices to improve depth and complexity in our wines and are adopting a ‘minimal intervention’ process as we’re trying to reduce or eliminate the superfluous influences on the natural state of our musts and wines. For example, we’ve built the UK’s only all gravity-fed winery and put this tool into the hands of winemaker Hervé Jestin, who is one of the most calm and spiritual ‘chef de caves’ from Champagne. We’ve found that the combination of Chardonnay on chalk, our truly state of the art winery and our leading wine maker creates a real precision in the wines we have made so far.
How does the local “terroir” influence your wines?
Research convinced Ian that sparkling wines were the future when he discovered that the geology and climate of the chalky slopes in front of the house were almost identical to the best Chardonnay areas of Champagne. All of our vines are planted on this chalk and we produce all of our own grapes that go into our own wines. Our topography is all good slopes facing South East or South, ensuring the vines achieve maximum exposure to sunlight and benefit from a good drainage system.
How would you describe the taste of your wines?
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.
Nose rich and warm exuding Seville orange and brioche aromas, with hints of dried flowers and toasted hazelnuts. The palate is explosive, with mouthwatering acidity and dried apricot and citrus. The mouthfeel is a silky soft foam of tingling sparks. The finish shows undertones of vanilla and and salted caramel, ending again with that fresh, vivid, orangey tang. Very dry, long and immensely complex.
How should we serve your wines?
Chilled, delicious by themselves, but also the perfect pairing to fresh fish and light savoury dishes.
How should we store your wines?
Our wines are ready to drink now but will benefit from ageing in cool, dry space with little fluctuation in temperature or light.
Our Classic Cuvée & Premier Cuvée are available from the following:
• Berry Brothers & Rudd
• Direct from Hambledon Vineyard, East Street, Hambledon, Hampshire PO7 4RY Tel 023 92632358 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Discover Wine, Lavinia House, Hambledon Road, Denmead, Hampshire PO7 6NU Tel n023 92255037 Email email@example.com
• Fareham Wine Cellar, 55 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7BG Tel 01329 822733 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Grape Expectations, 159 Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3BH Tel 01264 369572 Email email@example.com
• Hermitage Cellars, Emsworth, Hampshire Tel 01243 431002, 07712 669973 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Southsea Wine Company, Southsea, Hampshire Tel 07768081015 Emailmpsouthsea@outlook.com