Varieties: Chardonnay (50%), Pinot Noir (30%), Pinot Meunier (20%)
Country: United Kingdom
Bottle size: 750 mL
In addition to Domaine of the Bee, Justin makes English sparkling wine. He has worked closely with the Roberts Family at Ridgeview to produce Hart of Gold. The wine is from the well-considered 2013 vintage.
Eyes: A lovely pale gold in colour, with a persistent stream of fine bubbles.
Nose: Elegant, expressive and finely chiselled lemon and apple notes, with warm, bready brioche aromas
Mouth: Taut and finely balanced, the 2013 has a thrilling freshness and mouth-watering zing that gives way to complex flavours combining refreshing citrus fruit and savoury richness. Excellent length.
Recommended food pairings: The perfect aperitif which is also delicious with lightly smoked fish, and all sorts of salads. Or salted nuts and olives.
Winemaker: Justin, working with Simon Roberts at Ridgeview
Growing conditions: 2013 turned out to be a great vintage in England, but it got off to a very slow start, with flowering nearly 3 weeks late. Much of the rest of the summer was warm, but not excessively hot, and by harvest time the grapes had almost caught up in ripeness, but retained refreshingly high levels of acidity.
Winemaking notes: Beautiful grapes in perfect condition were harvested in early October, and brought down to Ridgeview for whole bunch pressing and fermentation. Each grape variety is harvested separately. The base wine is then blended, mixed with liqueur de tirage (a syrupy mix of wine, sugar and yeast), and sealed in a bottle with a crown cap to being the secondary fermentation (which is where the bubbles come from). Three years in the bottle in contact with the lees before disgorgement.
2017 - 2022
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