Hambledon Vineyards - Press Comments

Hambledon Vineyards

Hambledon Classic Cuvée

“The NV Classic Cuvée comes from chalky slopes on the evocatively named Windmill Down and comes mainly from the 2016 harvest, augmented by reserve wines, and bottled in June 2017 after a minimum of 35 months on the lees. The dosage is 4.5g/L. The voluminous bouquet displays scents of Braeburn apples, baking bread, light melon and shale-like aromas that are very harmonious and well defined. The palate is fresh with a sharp citric peel note on the entry that enlivens the senses. Taut and steelier than expected, this is a vibrant and tensile Brut whose salinity begs for some seafood to accompany it. Excellent. 91 points

Neal Martin, Vinous
8th July 2020

“This is really refined. The acidity is pronounced but it is elegant acidity that integrates well with the subtly creamy, herbal citrus fruit, with a twist of apricot and mandarin richness in the background. Very fine. 92/100″

Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com
20th February 2019

“Ripe apples and a bit of matchstick and pear. Quite a bit of green herbs (in a good way) on the palate. Very much a vertical core; steely and lime and yogurt and tarragon. Refined and the verging on almost-too-painful acidity kept in perfect control. Long, though, with real tang. 16.5/20

Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com
13th February 2019 

“Good, marked but subtle autolysis on the nose. Super-clean and refreshing. 16.5/20

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
10th May 2018

 

Hambledon Classic Cuvée Rosé

“Pale salmon in color, the NV Classic Cuvée Rosé comes mainly from the 2015 harvest with a minimum 30 months’ aging on the lees. Dosage is 10 g/L. The forward, well-delineated bouquet features strawberry, clementine and light marine-influenced aromas that together form quite complex aromatics; with aeration, it becomes increasingly leesy. The palate is very fruit-forward on the entry, continuing with that strawberry leitmotif, hints of mango and orange, and a lively, quite spicy finish that reveals a dab of ginger. The nose seems to have more sophistication than the punter-friendly palate, but overall a decent sparkling rosé to drink now. 88 points.”

Neal Martin, Vinous
8th July 2020

“Pale pink in colour. Sappy with nice green hints and some leafiness. Nice bright citrus and cherry notes with some redcurrant. Very lively and expressive. 91/100″

Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com
20th February 2019

“Pale Provençal pink. Creamy red fruit but still has that lovely smoky chalk character of the Première Cuvée. Dry but with a rounded fruit finish. Excellent fruit depth, just a little bit of felt sweetness on the finish so you get a sweet/sour Victoria plum finish and a slight boiled-sweets (hard-candy) after-effect. 16.5/20

Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com
15th June 2018

 

Hambledon Première Cuvée

“The NV Première Cuvée comes from pre-selected grapes, 14% fermented in French oak, the remainder in stainless steel with a minimum 46 months on the lees. It has a dosage of 2g/L. Initially steely and reserved, it only takes a couple of swirls to reveal more leesy aromas, touches of baked bread and yellow flowers; there is fine definition here. The palate is well balanced with a touch of sour lemon on the entry that segues into a leesy midpalate. This is a classy English sparkling wine: taut and focused with saline notes defining the energetic finish. Recommended. 92 points.”

Neal Martin, Vinous
8th July 2020

“Mid straw colour with admirable depth of flavour and some obvious evolution already but still very zesty and refreshing. Complex and satisfying. 17/20″

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
25th June 2019

“This is compact and refined with nice subtle citrus and pear fruit. Beautiful acidity with a lovely linear, focused palate and subtle toastiness. There’s some richness as well as the freshness, and this is very fine. 94/100″

Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com
20th February 2019

“It smells like champagne. Rich and leesy, and broad. Hugely impressive, takes up all the space, stands with wide shoulders and feet wide apart, commanding. Something a little salty. And then just as it seems to be all about making a full-frontal impact you realise that the finish is vertical and incredibly intense and it pulls in, apricots and salted lemons and orange peel and as tightly and precisely folded as origami in marble. Texture that somehow reminds me of silk and sandpaper. 17.5/20″

Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com
13th February 2019 

“Such impressive complexity! Really instant and satisfying flavours of cream, apple, bread, brioche, hard cheese and jasmine. Sheer pleasure, and with excellent development already. Superb. 17.5/20″

Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com
11th June 2018

 

Hambledon Première Cuvée Rosé

“Hambledon, to my mind, have been leading the charge in Hampshire, if not the whole of England, with richer styles of sparkling wines that have been grabbing headlines. Having released their elegant, classic cuvée rosé last year to great applause, this year’s offering is a quirky, very limited edition of pink made with 100% Pinot Meunier – the grape that even in Champagne is usually only used in blends and even then, only in small quantities. Deep pink, almost red in fact, with an intriguing, smoked meat quality balanced by ripe, morello cherry notes, this sparkler is bone dry with a wonderful sappy texture and toastiness. Beguiling and unique, you could easily match this with meat dishes too. Grab a bottle if you can find it!”

Helena Nicklin, Luxurious Magazine
1st January 2020

“The Hambledon Première Cuvée Rosé Dosage Zero (100% Pinot Meunier with 48 months on lees) is a bold wine; there is certainly nothing quite like this coming from England at the moment. Think plum skin, crab-apple jelly and wild red cherry jam, touched by savoury nuances like tar and even dried leaves. There is a touch of light marmalade and set-honey development here too. This has avoided bitterness or extraction on the palate, normally so noticeable in very dry Rosés – some roundness and creaminess fills out the mid palate and keeps the wine moving before a gentle hedgerow tartness closes it off.”

Tom Hewson, Six Atmospheres English Wine Report 2020
November 2019

“This is a varietal Pinot Meunier, mainly from the 2015 vintage (plus some older barrel-aged wines), with zero dosage. A full pink/red colour, this has a powerful nose of red cherries, some rhubarb, and some sappy herby notes. The palate shows lovely herb-tinged, subtly leafy red cherry and strawberry fruit, with the acidity integrated perfectly. Despite the lack of dosage, this doesn’t seem at all acidic or bracing: the fruit carries the palate so well. Nice tartness on the finish, with a little tannic bite that makes it incredibly food friendly. A remarkable wine that defies easy categorization, and beautifully put together. 93/100″

Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com
20th February 2019