Hush Heath Vineyard

Richard Balfour-Lynn
Hush Heath Vineyard
CRANBROOK
Kent
TN17 2NG
Wine MakerOwen Elias at Chapel Down

Vines

  • Chardonnay (45%)
  • Pinot Noir (45%)
  • Pinot Meunier (10%)
  • The current expansion of English and Welsh Wine is proceeding at such a pace that vineyards are coming into production that few have heard of. Such is Hush Heath, the 16th century Manor estate planted by top hotelier Richard Balfour Lynn in 2002, with the aid of the well-respected viticulturalist Stephen Skelton. So successful has it been that the first crop (12000kg) was taken in 2004 and sent to Owen Elias at Chapel Down. The resulting Sparkling Rose first appeared in 2006 and won a Silver medal at the UKVA contest that year.

    Full details and sales information are available at the vineyard web-site.

    Geology

    Kent is an eroded dome or anticline, between the chalk of the North and South downs. the Kentish Weald, which is visible where top of the dome has been eroded, is made up of sandstone and clay. The vineyard lies on the Hastings beds, a series of clay and sand deposits in the Lower Cretaceous of southeast England. The excellent drainage means that the vines have to put down deep and stable roots, and do not get soggy feet.
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