Hallgarten’s Homegrown Wines For English Wine Week

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Hallgarten’s Homegrown Wines For English Wine Week

With two of the leading lights in English winemaking on its books, Hallgarten has some brilliant suggestions to take you into English Wine Week (28th May to 5th June).


Goring Brut NV, Sussex                                                                             12% ABV

RRP £31.45, corkingwines.com

This limited edition Goring Estate Brut NV is a cuvée that Dermot Sugrue - who is described by Hallgarten’s Steve Daniel as “a winemaker at the top of his game” - makes specially for Hallgarten from grapes grown on the Wiston Estate near Pulborough, where he has been Chief Winemaker for ten years.

Born in Ireland, Sugrue studied at Plumpton College before completing two harvests in Bordeaux - including at Château Léoville-Barton - and then joining Nyetimber as winemaker in 2003.  By 2006, he had moved counties to work with the Gorings of West Sussex at their Wiston Estate which spreads over 16 acres on a periglacial dry river valley on the Upper Cretaceous Chalk.  Or, put more simply, land which closely resembles the physical and chemical composition of the Côte des Blancs in Champagne.

The Goring Estate Brut is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grapes: the current release is based on the 2013 vintage, which was the first crop from a vineyard planted on chalk in 2006 and, says Sugrue, “harvested in near perfect conditions.”

Winemaking at Wiston begins with a traditional Coquard basket press - one of only four outside France, and the only one in the UK - whose large surface area means it presses the grapes very gently, maximising the purity of the juice.  Fermentation is in stainless steel with a small portion put to new oak, and the wine spends 18 months on the lees before a disgorgement with 9g/l dosage.

“An elegant, complex English sparkling wine combining a youthful purity of fruit with subtle toasty, nutty notes.”  Steve Daniel


New Hall Vineyards Bacchus 2014, Essex                                                10.5% ABV

RRP £9.99, thewinecompany.co.uk;  RRP £10.99, corkingwines.com

Steve Daniel describes New Hall’s owner, Piers Greenwood, as “a bit of a visionary.”  Greenwood planted his vineyards in Purleigh, Essex, in 1969, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the UK.  Today, 169 acres are now under vine - including 25% planted to Bacchus - making the estate one of the largest vineyards in the country.

Vines are planted at 12 to 24 metres above sea level on well-sheltered, southern facing slopes on a shallow valley where the soils are London clay with chalk.  Daniel believes that, over the years, this site has proven itself to be an almost ideal place for viticulture in England, producing above average crops of high quality grapes with naturally high sugars - particularly in a widely acclaimed vintage such as 2014.

The Bacchus grapes for this wine were picked just before becoming over-ripe, and fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats at 12 to 18oC.  The wine was then left on its lees for three months in order to gain body and retain its primary fruit aromas.

“Lime, apples and nettles on the nose.  The palate is alive with lemon / lime acidity and an attractive, flinty minerality.”  Steve Daniel

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Date of Release:               9 May 2016

Further information - emma wellings pr:  t 020 8996 5168 e kristen@ew-pr.co.uk