Established in 1952 by Major General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones, Hambledon in the South Downs is England’s oldest commercial vineyard. Ian Kellett acquired Hambledon Vineyard in 1999. As a passionate wine lover, Ian was intrigued by the winemaking heritage of the property. After analysing the commercial potential for English wine, he began studying oenology at Plumpton College in Sussex with a view to restoring Hambledon to its former glory.
In 2011 Hervé Jestin joined the team, formerly one of Champagne’s leading chefs de cave. A renowned expert in minimal-intervention winemaking, Hervé directs all winemaking at the Estate. It’s widely accpeted that Hambeldon is one of the best and most exciting producers in English wine!
The rose expression of Hambledon Classic Cuvee. Aged a minimum of 45 months, this Chardonnay-led blend will reveal rich aromas of red fruits, delivered in a clean, crisp, yeasty finish. The nose is so beguiling, mixing the aroma of fresh pink lady apples and candied rhubarb, with beautiful, subtle hints of vanilla and brioche bread. Truly classy, but the mouth-watering aroma still doesn’t prepare you for the simply stunning satin fruit. A texture of pure silk with aftertaste of cranberries, pomegranate and ruby grapefruit. A world class sparkling rosé. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a fruit tart.