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2019 Preamble No.2
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2019 PREAMBLE NO.2

Preamble No.2 2019

The third vintage of our late harvested Preamble wine continues on the theme of crystalline purity, capturing the essence of the growing season in the glass. The long, cool 2019 vintage brings a lighter palate, a core of zingy freshness showing as ripe lime zest and curiously passionfruit appearing for the first time. The wines underwent alcoholic fermentation and a full malolactic fermentation largely in oak casks and barrels, then were bottled with 36 months on lees. This artisanal wine shows the concentration of our Pinot Noir balanced by fresher, lighter Chardonnay in the cool 2019 vintage. Drink now to 2028.

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An early budburst followed by a long, cool and dry season combined to yield a perfect harvest late in October. We created base wines using Pinot Noir grapes from our east facing winery bank and Chardonnays on our southeast facing hillside, each with over 100 days on the vine.

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Richer, more unctuous fruit follows, familiar yellow apple, nectarine and pineapple, a product of grapes given plenty of time on the vine. The gentle oak cask influence of vanilla, honey and delicate spice linger on the palate with a creaminess that persists.

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2018 SIGNATURE ROSÉ

Signature Rosé 2018

Created from small quantities of the intense pinot noir on the Winery Bank Vineyard, together with perfectly ripe chardonnay from the Meadow Woods Vineyard, this artisanal wine showcases a luxuriant and rich rosé from an outstanding pinot noir vintage.

Enjoyed at Alain Ducasse with their iconic lobster medallions, chicken quenelles, Périgord truffles and homemade semolina pasta.

Magnums of our Signature Rosé are now available directly from the winery.

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Early flowering and a warm, lengthy season produced the perfectly ripened pinot to create a delicate and vibrant rosé.  Grapes with over 100 days on the vine were gently bunch pressed, base wines created without a malolactic fermentation and softened in traditional oak casks, then aged for 18 months on lees to yield a beautiful array of floral aromas and summer fruit flavours from this exceptional English chalk valley vineyard.

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A luxuriant array of ripe fraises de bois, raspberries and hibiscus from the warm and generous 2018 vintage.  Pristine red fruit notes fill the palate and stay with you long after the glass is finished.

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Rich and sumptuous to pair easily with food and bring luxuriant fruit flavours to the fore in all manner of deserts.  Perfect for Christmas by the fire or an early evening aperitif with friends.

2019 Hillside No.3
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Hillside No.3 2019

A rare, very late harvested selection of our Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from right across our south-facing vineyard parcels.  Only made in small quantities this wine reveals a luxuriant complexity from a beautiful, long, and cool ripening vintage.

“Much more recognisably champagne-like than the Preambles. Really sophisticated. Good grip on the palate and a dry but not drying finish. Long. Good mousse.” – Jancis Robinson 2022   (www.jancisrobinson.com)

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A unique wine from the long and cool 2019 vintage created from grapes picked on the third and final pass of the steep south facing hillside in the final days of October. Using these grapes with over 100 days on the vine, the base wines were created with a full malolactic fermentation, fermented and aged in traditional oak casks and stainless steel, and then kept for 30 months on lees. This wine is a uniquely rich and savoury expression from our chalk valley vineyards, showing the complexity achieved by late harvested grapes.

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Biscuity shortbread aromas lead into layers of yellow fruit on the nose, from ripe citrus to yellow apple, Mirabelle plum and pineapple. A rich creamy palate reminds you of the perfect lemon tart.

 

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The intense umami notes in this wine make it the perfect accompaniment to roasted Cotswold chicken, asparagus and morel mushrooms.

2019 Blanc de Blancs
Chardonnay

2019 BLANC DE BLANCS

Blanc de Blancs 2019

An early budburst followed by a long, cool and dry season combined to yield a perfect harvest late in October. We created base wines using grapes from our Hilltop single parcel with over 100 days on the vine. This artisanal wine will age beautifully and reveals the enormous potential of our exceptional English chalk valley terroir, as it evolves to fully express the fresh 2019 vintage.

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The wines underwent alcoholic fermentation and a full malolactic fermentation in traditional oak cask, and then were kept for 36 months on lees.

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Sushi and seared sashimi. This wine also pairs beautifully with salted cod, crispy shallots and dill. 

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Intense layers of ripe lemon zest, limes and yuzu fill the palate balanced by a sea spray minerality and nutty, umami finish. This wine has tremendous potential to age over the coming decades.

2019 Blanc de Noirs
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2019 BLANC DE NOIRS

Blanc de Noirs 2019

A rare single parcel, all Pinot Noir sparkling, from our Hillside vineyard.  The long, dry 2019 vintage allowed over 110 days on the vine with rich, macerated summer berries and spices able to shine through in the wine as a result.

“Fairly rich nose. Really mouth-filling. Round and orangey and super-clean. Complete. Very much a gastro-wine. Just lovely already and reaches every nook and cranny on the palate.”
– Jancis Robinson 2022   (www.jancisrobinson.com)

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The inaugural Hundred Hills Blanc de Noirs from the long and cool 2019 vintage created from a single parcel of Pinot Noir grapes picked in late October. Using these grapes with over 100 days on the vine, the base wines were created with a full malolactic fermentation, fermented and aged in stainless steel, and then kept for 30 months on lees. This critically acclaimed wine captures the rich layers of flavour, aroma and texture present in our late harvested Pinot Noir grapes, balanced by a core of fresh acidity.

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A core of vibrant acidity draws together the generous, round palate of ripe Pinot Noir. Intense layers of red fruit; macerated strawberry, raspberries, red apple and Morello cherries lead into deeper layers of blood orange, ripe nectarine and juicy flat peaches with cream.

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Pairs perfectly with artisan charcuterie, such as saucisson where the sweet, fattiness is cut with the round acidity of our 2019 Blanc de Noirs, with the palate of rich stone fruits that hold up to the savoury saltiness.

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2018 ILLUSTRATION NO.1

2018 Illustration No.1

A beautiful ‘first-pass’ selection of only the very ripest grapes from our first to ripen Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. With 40 months on the lees, fermentation in wood, and a partial-malo this is a unique sparkling finished in extra brut form. Notes of yellow plums and apricots, ripe red apple skins and raspberries, with a salinity and touches of baking spices on the finish.

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An early budburst, peak flowering on 20th June, and an excellent ripening season combined to yield a perfect harvest in early October. Using these grapes with over 100 days on the vine, the base wines were created with a partial malolactic fermentation, fermented and aged in traditional oak casks and stainless steel with extended bâttonage, and then kept for 40 months on lees. This wine shows what is possible from the hallmark 2018 vintage in England with purity of fruit and a fresh mineral expression.

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The touch of extra-brut dosage transforms this wine, revealing a juiciness to the orchard and stone fruits, a caramelised aroma to the pastry notes, reminiscent of a fresh apple pie, and a broad weight on the palate, softening the structured edges of it’s twin, the Zero Dosage produced in very small quantities.

 

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Best enjoyed with seafood and a variety of artisanal English cheeses.

2018 Zero Dosage
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2018 Zero Dosage

A beautiful ‘first-pass’ selection of only the very ripest grapes from our first to ripen Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. With 40 months on the lees, fermentation in wood, and a partial-malo this is a unique sparkling finished in zero dosage form. Notes of yellow plums and apricots, ripe red apple skins and raspberries, with a salinity and touches of baking spices on the finish.

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An early budburst, peak flowering on 20th June, and an excellent ripening season combined to yield a perfect harvest in early October. Using these grapes with over 100 days on the vine, the base wines were created with a partial malolactic fermentation, fermented and aged in traditional oak casks and stainless steel with extended bâttonage, and then kept for 40 months on lees. This wine shows what is possible from the hallmark 2018 vintage in England with purity of fruit and a fresh mineral expression.

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Bright aromatics of ripe lemon and grapefruit zest, crisp apple and freshly baked sweet pastry. Fine boned and crystalline on the palate with layers of citrus and yellow plum. A pleasing savoury edge of salty minerality, mace and baking spice, lingers on the palate.

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Best enjoyed with seafood, from succulent shellfish such as langoustine and lobster to hearty monkfish.

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“We set out over a decade ago with a passion – to create from scratch, in a magical corner of the English countryside, outstanding English sparkling wines that will ultimately rival the very best the world has to offer…”

2018 Preamble No.2
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2018 PREAMBLE NO.2

Preamble No.2 2018

Rich aromas of juicy pears and cooked quince give way to a soft, luxuriant mousse with ripe stone fruits, tangerine notes and hints of almond patisserie. This is a wine that captures in the glass all of the complex flavours and aromas we seek in the vineyard on the final days of harvest. Drink 2022-2026.

The worthy 2018 successor to the hugely successful 2017 vintage wine of the same name, recommended by Jancis Robinson in the FT as one of her Christmas selections.

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An early budburst, peak flowering on 20th June, and an excellent ripening season combined to yield a perfect harvest in mid October. Using these grapes with over 100 days on the vine, the base wines were created without a malolactic fermentation to preserve their acidity, fermented and aged in traditional oak casks and stainless steel, and then kept for 36 months on lees. This wine is a generous expression from the warm 2018 vintage and an excellent introduction to Hundred Hills.

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Aromas of autumnal, juicy orchard fruits, cooked pears and quince, with hints of sunny orange blossom and honey. With a soft, luxuriant mousse, the stone fruits on the palate are beautifully ripe with an underlying, bright mouth-watering acidity and hints of almond patisserie.

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The rich notes of nectarine and yellow plum hold up perfectly with roast pumpkin and squash dishes, with the aromas of blood orange cutting through the sweetness.

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2018 BLANC DE BLANCS

Blanc de Blancs 2018

From high up in the stunning Stonor Valley, this single parcel wine showcases the exceptional Chardonnay grown in our Hill Top vineyard from the outstanding 2018 vintage. A highly acclaimed landmark for English Blanc de Blancs.

“Greenish straw. Broad and more oak influence than tartness, though the finish is bone dry. Saline and complex. Excellent in my glass! This would be good with oysters” – Jancis Robinson 2022   (www.jancisrobinson.com)

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An early budburst, peak flowering on 20th June, and an excellent ripening season combined to yield a perfect harvest on 4th October. Using these grapes with over 100 days on the vine, the base wines were created without a malolactic fermentation to preserve their acidity, fermented in traditional oak casks, and then kept for 36 months on lees. This artisanal wine will age beautifully and reveals the enormous potential of our exceptional English chalk valley terroir, as it evolves to fully express the memorable 2018 vintage.

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Seared tuna, sesame seeds and crispy seaweed.  Try also with soft goats cheese, fresh figs and baby basil.

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White floral aromas emerging with rich lemons, limes and yuzu delicately filling the palate while white peaches and more exotic notes emerge. Already harmonious and complex but still tense and evolving in the bottle. A worthy successor to the 2017, which sold out soon after release.

2017 Blanc de Blancs
Chardonnay

2017 BLANC DE BLANCS

Blanc de Blancs 2017

From high up in the stunning Stonor Valley, this single parcel wine showcases the exceptional chardonnay grown on the highest south facing slopes from the 2017 vintage with an anticipated peak in the late 2020s. A wine surely destined to become a classic.

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The steep slopes helped these vines escape the April spring frosts and enjoy a strong flowering and excellent ripening season. Using grapes with over 100 days on the vine, the base wines were created without a malolactic fermentation to preserve their acidity, aged for 6 months in traditional oak casks and then a further 30 months on lees. This artisanal wine will age for many years to come and reveals the potential of our exceptional English chalk valley terroir, gently evolving its expressions of the 2017 vintage.

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Seared cod, tuna tartare and seabass ceviche.  Try also with fresh asparagus and smoked trout roe. 

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White floral aromas emerging with white peaches and exotic notes on the palate. Already harmonious and complex but still tense and under construction in the bottle.

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2018 ROSÉ DE SAIGNÉE

2018 Rosé de Saignée

From high up in the stunning Stonor Valley, this single parcel ‘bled’ rosé showcases our most delicate Pinot Noir from the exceptional 2018 vintage using an old fashioned and now rare approach to rosé making.

With only 600 bottles produced, this highly acclaimed wine is now only available to Hundred Club members, in limited quantities.

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Early flowering and a warm summer produced perfectly ripened grapes with over 100 days on the vine.  Only the very first juices from maceration of the grapes were used to create unfiltered and un-fined base wines in oak barrels, without a malolactic fermentation. Aged for 30 months on lees, this is a rich and complex sparkling which reveals the enormous potential of our exceptional English chalk valley terroir for creating fine Pinot Noir wines.

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A bright ruby colour yields concentrated and harmonious red summer fruits on the nose while the palate reveals a complex wine with many layers of fruit accompanied by red cherry, sarawak peppercorns and liquorice notes. Made only in very small quantities, our saignée is like nothing you will have tried before!

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Pairs beautifully with the soft organic cheeses produced locally at Nettlebed Creamery. Barbecued lobster and red pepper skewers. A variety of smoked and cured meats, through to crispy pork belly and duck breast.

 

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