Chardonnay 2014 – look to your laurels

There was some pretty good Chardonnay knocking around from the 2014 harvest , this one from Hush Heath is right up there . Unlike the rather austere 2013 the 2014 is made from the lower yielding burgundian clones planted in 2011 in the Middle Strackney Wood vineyard . Picking took place around the 17th of October with sugars of about 10.5 % natural . A very cool and prolonged ferment ( well into the new year) and extended time on ¬†yeast . Benefiting from the complete absence of oak and unhurried bottling . Far too cheap at ¬£16 . It won’t last long.


Skye’s English Chardonnay 2104 – pale white gold with green highlights . Clean, citrus, thyme on the nose, well balanced backbone of crisp acidity, ripe rich fruit , citrus, grapefruit, apple, complex salty and herby finish . look out Chablis ?

More to follow on Chardonnays from Kingscote , Nutbourne and Highdown 2014s awaiting release.


6 Varieties

A unique wine was bottled today at Hush Heath. The sparkling wine is made from six of the grape varieties allowed in Champagne. As well as the classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier this assemblage includes Arbane, Petite Mesilier and Pinot Blanc, together they make up 35% of the blend which all comes from the Middle Strackney Wood vineyard on the Kent estate. It tastes quite different to a traditional blend, more fragrant perhaps?

Anyway the proof will be in the drinking – maybe this time next year?