Kings Cuvée 2014
Before you ask, this has nothing to do with royalty (it’d be nice if it did though). It's actually named after Kings Farm which is the farm that makes up the rest of the Hattingley estate. The Kings was originally a bit of an accident, a random barrel was overlooked from the first vintage and no-one knew exactly which grapes were inside. As the wine had been inside the barrel for more than twice the length as the other ones, Emma wasn’t sure how it would taste.
As luck would have it, it was fantastic, so Simon kindly gave most of it away to a family member for their wedding! We now make this every year if the weather permits and this vintage has just won the accolade of ‘Supreme Champion’ at the WineGB awards, so it’s the best sparkling wine made in the UK, that’ll do nicely thanks.
YEAR - 2014
GRAPE - Pinot Noir 45% Chardonnay 43% Pinot Meunier 12%
ALCOHOL (ABV) - 12%
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN - Yes
STORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS - Please keep in a cool, dark place if possible.
DRINKING WINDOW - Drinking very well now, will improve and mature over the next 4-5 years and will keep for at least 8 years. June 2020.
SINGLE BOTTLE - 1 x 75cl | GIFT BOX BUNDLE - 1 x 75cl, 1 x Gift Box & Hand Written Gift Card | CASE - 6 x 75cl.
2014 was a great year with almost perfect growing conditions. A mild spring for budburst, ideal conditions at flowering and high temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout June and July led to good yields and excellent quality.
‘There were so many fantastic barrels in 2014 it was really hard to whittle it down to the final few. The result is a wonderfully generous wine that will develop for years to come.’
A very limited release, the Kings Cuvée is a premium blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. 100% barrel fermented and then aged for seven months in old oak barrels, resulting in a much softer, creamier and spicier wine. We were spoilt for choice when it came to selecting the absolute best barrels for this prestige wine, thanks to the exceptional 2014 vintage. Once bottled, the wine aged for fifty-two months on lees allowing the development of its complex toasty character. A small dosage of 4g/L was added after disgorgement to balance the wine’s bright acidity.
With an attractive pale golden colour and fine mousse, our Kings Cuvée has vibrant citrus zest aromas layered with honey and nuts, all smoothly integrated with creamy oak, baked apples and marzipan. Deep and rich, yet refreshing on the palate with bright, crisp acidity and a long, complex finish.
Citrus and baked apple aromas combine with hints of toast and rich spices to make this the perfect aperitif or celebration drink. It is the flawless accompaniment to any party, enjoyed with any canapé and its rich style works well to accompany courses throughout a dinner party.
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Kings Cuvée 2014
What a delight on the palate. A truly scrumptious sparkling wine for those moments you have to celebrate.
Up to the high standard's we know we will get from hattingley valley wines