PRUNING AT HUSH HEATH
Dithering and keen the winter comes,
While comfort flies to close-shut rooms
And sees the snow in feathers pass
Winnowing by the window-glass,
Whilst unfelt tempests howl and beat
Above his head in chimney-seat.
Now musing o’er the changing scene,
Farmers behind the tavern-screen
Collect – with elbow idly pressed
On hob reclines the corners’s guest,
Reading the news, to mark again
The bankrupt lists or price of grain,
Or old Moore’s annual prophecies
Of flooded fields and clouded skies,
Whose Almanac’s thumbed pages swarm
With frost and snow and many a storm,
And wisdom gossiped from the stars,
Of politics and bloody wars.
He shakes his head and still proceeds,
Nor doubts the truth of what he reads:
All wonders are with faith supplied-
Bible at once and weather-guide.
Puffing the while his red-tipped pipe,
He dreams o’er troubles nearly ripe;
Yet not quite lost in profit’s way
He’ll turn to next year’s harvest-day,
And, winter’s leisure to regale,
Hope better times and – sip his ale.
JOHN CLARE – from The Shepard’s Calendar 1827
Dee Blackstock was an early visitor to the brand new Hush Heath Winery. Dee tasted the range of juices and base wines from the 2010 and is seen here enjoying what appears to be Pinot Noir pressings . Victoria Ash,winemaker, looks on.
Nutbourne have removed some poorly performing GDC vines, approximately 1.5 ha of vines are being replaced. Bacchus, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc will be planted for quality still wine production . 2 ha of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will come on steam in 2012.
Hush Heath will add another 7 acres to the existing 11 at Marden, 10 acres planted at Sandhurst will take the area under vine for Balfour to 28 acres .It is planned to move production up from 30,000 bottles in 2010 to 100,000 in 2012.
A number of different Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meurnier clones are being planted on a selection of rootstock . In addition 120 vines each of Arbane, Petite Mesilier and Pinot Blanc are being planted .