With a history dating back to 1503, the exquisite Tudor-framed Hush Heath Manor is the family home of the Balfour-Lynn’s since the 1980s. The Manor nestles into the hill, overlooking the vineyards and estate with magnificent views across the Weald of Kent. There are 400 acres enveloped in ancient oak woodland is a veritable Eden and a fitting setting for the Balfour wines and vision.
The winemaking era began in 2002, when Richard Balfour-Lynn planted his first vineyards on these clay-rich soils, with an ambition to make fine sparkling rosé. To turn his dream into reality Balfour-Lynn was helped by Stephen Skelton MW using his extensive experience with English vineyards. In charge of the winemaking and the state of the art winery is Owen Elias, UKVA winemaker of the year four times with a host of international and national awards to his name.
Today 37 acres are planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Hush Heath is the only English vineyard dedicated to the creation of Rosé sparkling wine, the aim has always been to produce a wine of world-beating quality one that stands on it’s own as a modern classic.
The vines and wines benefit from a longtime understanding of outstanding soil; deep Wealden clay, unique to this corner of Kent, which provides dense structure in the wines and vibrant, lively acidity.
The viticulturist takes a hands-on approach in the vineyards, inspecting them daily, and being careful that each decision for the current vintage supports the best possible outcome for the following year. Over the course of the season leaves are stripped and green harvested by hand, ensuring that each vine is developing the most flavorsome and concentrated fruit possible.
Martine’s Wines is the appointed distributor for Hush Heath Estate in the states of California and New York.