The Grange, Hampshire, PINK NV
A case of six bottles
The bright silver-blush, generous creamy notes and subtle red fruits make this an elegant, complex and luxuriously refreshing bottle.
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This PINK is made with grapes from 2016 with the addition of reserves wines from 2015 and is the second wine made for us by the team at Hattingley Valley, led by Emma Rice and Jacob Leadley.
After a couple of nasty frost events in late April that hit the early Chardonnay worse than the Pinots, we had a typical English year with delicious warm spells interspersed with days of drenching rain, the worst of which was in mid-July during flowering... So yields were not great but the quality, especially in the Pinots, looked excellent. Harvest started on 10th October, four days earlier than in 2015 and ended on the 23rd October but included a week long hiatus while we waited for the Chardonnay to ripen.
The juice was bunch-pressed and fermented mainly in stainless steel tanks with about 5% overall going into aged oak barrels. We allowed four of the tank wines to go through malolactic fermentation (about 45% of our total volume) to further soften the gentle acidity and then we set to blending our 13 base wines including the 2015 reserve. The Pinot Meunier was on song and we ended up 63% Meunier and 37% Pinot Noir almost echoing our first ever PINK from 2014.
The delicate silver-rose blush was created by the addition of a tiny amount of a fruit-laden, barrel-fermented red wine made from the ripest of our Pinot Noir.
Secondary fermentation in bottle was followed by 33 months ageing on lees before the wine was disgorged in December 2019 and dosed at 5g/l with 12% alcohol by volume.
This is a delicious, elegant and precise PINK and a worthy successor to the Gold medal winning 2015 edition.
A bright, pure silver-blush with a fine, constant mousse.
Generous, redcurrant, ice-cream and biscuit on the nose, with a clean, almost saline, mineral note.
The plentiful Meunier in the blend provides vibrant pink and red fruits on the complex palate, very fresh, with a creamy, brioche undertone.
A delightfully, precise and balanced mid-palate leads to a biscuity, savoury and satisfying finish.
Our PINK is lovely on its own but it has the complexity to go well with food too. Try it with:
- rich, smoked fish
- grilled chicken
- smooth, vegetarian risotto
Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW tasted the PINK (NV) in May, 2020:
Very pale partridge eye pink and again a constant fine mousse. On the nose fresh redcurrant fruit, creamy and ripe with a distant hint of rhubarb, so fresh, with a very distant autolysis touch, leading to a palate of vibrant, pink and red fruits, again redcurrant, zingy and fresh with a lovely creamed backnote; very fresh and juicy, airy almost, and truly delicious.