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 highly-rated 2010 vintage.
This delicious fizz was awarded a Gold Medal at The International Wine Challenge 2016.
It was also listed by Jancis Robinson MW in her selection of ‘seriously impressive wines’ in a great article about the future of English Sparkling wine, “An awfully big English adventure”.
Eyes: A lovely pale gold in colour, with a persistent stream of fine bubbles.
Nose: A combination of citrus and stone fruit with rich toasty notes
Mouth: Complex flavours of refreshing citrus, alongside distinctive toastiness are underpinned by balanced acidity and a long mouth-watering finish.
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: 2010 was a stand-out vintage in England, and particularly good in Herefordshire, where the grapes for Hart of Gold were grown. The warm (but not hot) summer, and long ripening season allowed the grapes to reach full ripeness, while retaining refreshing 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.
2015 - 2018
Financial Times -
Jancis Robinson MW
: 91 pts
Jancis Robinson.com -
Jancis Robinson MW
: 16.0/20 pts
Peter Richards MW
by email -
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