2014 Hart of Gold
- Pinot Noir
- Pinot Meunier
- United Kingdom
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2017 - 2023
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 excellent 2014 vintage, (even though this is only referred to in code on the back-label) and we have a new look to showcase.
A lovely pale gold in colour, with a persistent stream of fine bubbles.
Elegant, expressive and finely chiselled lemon and apple notes, with warm, bready brioche aromas
Resonant and assertive, the 2014 retains the signature Hart of Gold mouth-watering zing that gives way to complex flavours combining refreshing citrus fruit and savoury, bready richness. Excellent length.
- 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). This wine has spent nearly six years in the bottle in contact with the lees before disgorgement in March 2020.
- Growing Conditions
Jancis Robinson says of 2014 - 'A dream year for UK vineyards with little frost, very good flowering weather, a cool wet August, but warm September and October.' We agree. This is one of the best wines we have made.
- Food Pairing
The perfect aperitif which is also delicious with lightly smoked fish, and all sorts of salads. Or salted nuts and olives.
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I came over all Arthurian drinking this, "Made in the Realm of Albion," as it says on the label. Domaine of the Bee teamed up with Ridgeview in Sussex, who made this wine for them, from fruit selected by Justin Howard-Sneyd: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Very fine on the nose, with a suggestion of ripe fruit, but plenty of creamy, bready, autolytic character, Cox’s pippin apples and zestiness. In the mouth that nutty, nicely developed apple fruitiness again, a bit of breadth and fruit sweetness to this, before the balanced finish where the acidity runs like rapier cut, but always softened by the fruit and creamy lees ageing into the finish.