2014 Hattingley Valley Rose Traditionale Method Brut
Disgorged in December 2017 with eight grams per liter dosage, the 2014 Brut Rosé is showing very well, wafting from the glass with aromas of minty red apples, raspberries and dried white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and fleshy, with a pretty core of fruit, a youthfully frothy mousse and racy but ripe acids, concluding with a flavorful and penetrating finish. Drink 2019 - 2029.
William Kelley - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (May 2020)
English sparkling wine is on the rise and rise, despite the long history of production there. English fizz, for me, is distinct for its incredible acid profile, something that distinguishes it from just about anywhere else in the world – you know it when you feel it. This wine sees some barrel fermentation, which mitigates the acidity in some sense, but it is still there. The wine also contains a splash of the unusual mutation variety, pinot precoce, a weird cousin of pinot noir.
Very pale pink in glass, the bouquet is likewise ‘pale’ with soft strawberry, raspberry scents, overlay of talc, a whiff of red apple and some faint citrus. The palate is assertive in its chalky, sherbetty acidity, a belt that runs through lightly juicy red berry fruit flavours and zings the wine long and refreshing, to an almost pin-point-mouth-watering conclusion. It’s a very precise feeling wine, barely showing fruitiness, all about the elemental, mineral-esque charm. Very good wine here, bound up and full of energy and freshness. Yep, worth the visit. Drink 2018 - 2026.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (September 2018)