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 is the only English vineyard solely dedicated to the creation of rosé sparkling wine, and the aim has always been to produce a wine of world-beating quality- one that stands on its own as a modern classic.
The palest of pinks (old fashioned rose) the style is youthful and refreshing, the bouquet is clean and complex, hints of redcurrant, strawberry, pear and hazelnut on the palate. Crisp, English acidity with a fine and prolonged mousse. Excellent balance of fruit and acids make this a serious contender for one of the top wines in the country. Balfour Brut Rose is definitely one for any special occasion.