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Hush Heath Estate Skye's English Chardonnay


With a history dating back to 1503, the exquisite Tudor-framed Hush Heath Manor nestles and cuts into the hill overlooking the vineyards and estate with magnificent views across the Weald of Kent. Something of a refuge from the cut and thrust of Balfour-Lynn’s luxury hotel and business empire, the estate with its Tudor inspired kitchen garden, Italianate Yew terracing and statuary, and Japanese ponds, is enveloped in ancient oak woodland, a little Eden and a fitting setting for the Balfour wines and vision. The house and gardens are maintained with the same passion and pride as the vineyards and orchards. During the restoration of the house every one of the 5,000 15th Century roof tiles were meticulously repaired and put back in place. Helping to turn his dream into reality Balfour-Lynn has turned to Master of Wine, Stephen Skelton, for his extensive experience in viticulture. In charge of the winemaking and winery is Owen Elias, who until 2010 was Director of Winemaking at Chapel Down. He has been UKVA winemaker of the year 4 times with a host of International and National awards to his name. Hush Heath aim has always been to produce wines of world-beating quality- one that stands on its own as a modern classic.

Delightfully crisp Chardonnay, created very much in Chablis style helped by the fact that the same soil types underlying this famous region of Burgundy also run through this area of Kent. The wine is an intense pale green straw colour, un-oaked and pure. In the glass it is clear and bright with a pleasing viscosity giving a rich mouth feel. It has an elegant backbone of steely acidity, very pure, lemon rind and green apple notes and slightly saline finish.

  • Product Code: BB03HHE
  • Grower: Hush Heath Estate
  • Grape Variety: Chardonnay
  • Style: Crisp and Intense
  • Country: England
  • Appellation: Kent
  • Vintage: 2010/11
  • Alchohol: 11% ABV
  • Case Size: 6
  • Bottle Size: 75cl

Vintage Rating on this wine was 90 (source: Wine Award Winners)


Closure: STELVIN

Alternative wine closures are substitute closures used in the wine industry for sealing wine bottles in place of traditional cork closures. The emergence of these alternatives has grown in response to quality control efforts by winemakers to protect against "cork taint" caused by the presence of the chemical trichloroanisole (TCA).

Screw caps or "Stelvin caps" are closures made only from aluminium material that threads onto the bottleneck. They are the predominant closure used by New Zealand wineries.[8][9] This can be attributed in part to the New Zealand screw cap initiative which promotes the use of screw caps instead of cork. Screw caps form a tighter seal and can keep out oxygen for a longer time than cork. These benefits aid in maintaining the wine's overall quality and aging potential.

Vino-Seal, or Vino-Lok, is a plastic/glass closure released by Alcoa. Since its introduction into the European market in 2003, over 300 wineries have utilized Vino-Seal. Using a glass stopper with an inert o-ring, the Vino-Seal creates a hermetic seal that prevents oxidation and TCA contamination.

Zork is an alternative wine closure that seals like a screw cap and pops like a cork. The Zork closure consists of three parts; an outer cap providing a tamper evident clamp that locks onto the band of a standard cork mouth bottle, an inner metal foil which provides an oxygen barrier similar to a screw cap, and an inner plunger which creates the ‘pop’ on extraction and reseals after use.

The traditional crowned bottle cap has been used in the sparkling wine industry as a closure during the bottle fermentation process (méthode traditionnelle). Normally the cap is replaced with a cork before shipping, though recently some producers are releasing wines using the crown cap as their closure.

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Case Price: £149.94
( 6 bottles in this case )
Price: £24.99


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