Hattingley Valley, the family-owned Hampshire winery specialising in award-winning English sparkling wines, has announced the launch of STILL, its first range of premium still wines, with a 2019 Rosé and a 2016 Pinot Noir.
A light and elegant wine from the 2019 vintage, the limited edition STILL Rosé (RRP £14) is made from Pinot Noir Précoce, sourced from prime Kent and Berkshire vineyards and will be released in early April. Using fruit picked just before rainfall, the wine is processed in the saignée method and fermented in stainless steel tanks for five months, giving it a delicate yet vibrant acidity, dry with refreshing notes of red fruit.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, the 2016 STILL red wine, set to be released later this year, uses only the ripest black grapes picked from the best vines. Fermented on the skins for two weeks, before being transferred to French oak barrels, where it is aged for a further three years, the full-bodied wine tastes of rich dark berry fruit with notes of smoke.
Hattingley Valley was established in 2008 by owner Simon Robinson, specialises in premium, award-winning English Sparkling Wine. The Hattingley Valley winemaking team is headed up by Plumpton-trained Emma Rice who is twice winner of Winemaker of the Year in 2014 and 2016. With over 10 hectares (25 acres) of vines across two well-situated sites, as well as a full wine analysis laboratory on site, the eco-friendly vineyard is known for its refreshingly modern and innovative approach to winemaking. All wines are vegetarian and vegan friendly.