Harrow and Hope - Brut NV, Marlow, England
Vibrant green apple with slightly herbaceous and floral notes - typical yeasty notes of freshly baked bread and brioche. On the palate this wine remains very expressive, there’s a lively and refreshing citrus characters. Persistent bubbles, long are really very persistent and the finish is gently seasoned with a lingery dry minerality.
No 6 is based on 2017, a year noted by its devastating frost both in the UK and in Europe. Rewarded with a relatively cool but calm season, Harrow and Hope started picking late September, their earliest pick on record. 2017 favoured Chardonnay and it really shows in the wine with a more refined, soft and gentle character than previous releases. 20% oak aged reserve wines were used in the blend to add extra richness, complexity and length. Always fresh and vibrant on release it will reward extra cellaring with increased toasty complexity. Drink now until 2028.
Blend: 40% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay 20% Pinot Meunier
Reserves: 20% (2014)
Lees Ageing: Min 36 months.
Total Acidity: 7.6g/L
Residual Sugar: 7g/L
The 6.5 Hectare vineyard is in one plot perched on the end of a Thames gravel terrace, formed by the river cutting into the Chilterns chalk around 450,000 years ago. It left behind a complex layer of clay, flint and gravel that suits Pinot Noir, giving it ripeness, texture and weight.
Further down the slope the clay layer gets thinner before you get to the pure chalk that is home to our Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. This provides freshness and minerality to the Chardonnay whilst keeping the Meunier elegant with great aromatics and acidity.