Hampshire-based Hattingley Valley has announced the launch of STILL, its first range of premium still wines.
The family-owned winery specialises in sparkling wines, which have been award winners, but the new 2019 Rosé and 2016 Pinot Noir will be a first.
The range will be limited edition, with a small batch production of 8,000 bottles. The light and elegant wine from the 2019 vintage, STILL Rosé (RRP £14) is made from Pinot Noir Précoce, sourced from prime Kent and Berkshire vineyards and will be released in early April. Using fruit picked just before rainfall, the wine is processed in the saignée method and fermented in stainless steel tanks for five months, giving it a delicate yet vibrant acidity, dry with refreshing notes of red fruit.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, the 2016 STILL red wine, set to be released later this year, uses only the ripest black grapes picked from the best vines. Fermented on the skins for two weeks, before being transferred to French oak barrels, where it is aged for a further three years, the full-bodied wine tastes of rich dark berry fruit with notes of smoke.
A small batch production of only 8,000 bottles, the wines will be available to purchase from the winery’s website or select retailers.