Hush Heath Estate sparkling wine wins Gold!

Decanter World Wine Awards

Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvée has won a gold medal at the recent Decanter Awards.

Available through Majestic, this award winning wine is one of a new range of 1503 sparkling wines produced on the Hush Heath Estate in Staplehurst, Kent.

Wine Producer Richard Balfour-Lynn said: “We only launched the Balfour 1503 Classic Cuvée in November 2014 and we are delighted that it has already won gold. 1503 is the year in which the Hush Heath Manor was built.”

Decanter describe the wine, which blends Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier as Broad, powerful, toasty and ripe autolytic fruit with notes of baked apples and light camomile hints. There's a marshmallow lightness to the palate, with gentle pastry notes, excellent, elegant balance and serious length.

Hush Heath’s wines have already been enjoyed by first class passengers with British Airways and also by travellers on the Belmond British Pullman and by Britannia Club members on board Saga Cruise liners.

Visitors to The Hush Heath Estate in Staplehurst, Kent can enjoy free tastings and self-guided walks and, thanks to its recent acquisition and refurbishment of the nearby Goudhurst Inn, visits to the vineyard can be combined with a stay at the pub, restaurant and boutique hotel which is just 5 miles from the estate. Hush Heath is open seven days a week from 11am to 5pm, including bank holidays.

Alternatively, groups can choose to book a guided tour with tutored tasting led by Hush Heath’s winery experts. This experience is a great day out in the beautiful Kent country with time spent exploring the 400 acre estate comprising vineyards, apple orchards and ancient oak woodlands, before discovering the secrets of creating wines of a world beating quality in the state-of-the-art winery. To conclude there is a tutored tasting of the estate’s delicious sparkling and still wines and exciting range of ciders made by the estate’s winemakers. Tours are for a minimum of 6 people and the cost is £15 per person with the option to order a ‘picnic box’ for two at £25 full of tasty local produce.

To book e-mail or call 01622 832 794.

To find out more about Hush Heath including how to purchase wines and gift boxes visit Hush Heath Winery, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Kent, TN12 0HT

The Goudhurst Inn, Cranbrook Road, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 1DX
Telephone: 01580 212605

Press enquiries to: Caroline Edmunds at Pennington PR on 01892 616647 or email us. Please also contact Caroline for further information and requests for images.

Notes to Editors

Hush Heath Estate is a 400 acre family owned property near Staplehurst, Kent. It has been producing award winning wines and ciders from exclusively estate grown fruit since 2004 and has built a strong reputation for quality, innovation, and provenance within the wine industry. Today, Hush Heath produces a range of still and sparkling wines and ciders and enjoys strong commercial partnerships with Belmond trains (ex Orient Express), Waitrose, Majestic, M&S, and numerous restaurants in London and the South East. The estate works closely with the local community in Kent and places community and family high among its values.

Hush Heath London venues: The Bull & The Hide, Liverpool Street, London, and St. Bart’s Brewery, Farringdon, London,

Hush Heath Kent venues: The Goudhurst Inn

The Decanter World Wine Awards

The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the largest and most prestigious wine competition in the world. Before releasing the results for the 2015 competition a rigorous week of judging took place where 240 of the most respected wine experts in the world, tasted 15,929 wines from 48 countries.

“The sole purpose of the Decanter World Wine Awards is to recognise and award quality” says Steven Spurrier, DWWA Chairman. “Our standards are high, and so are our expectations. We only award medals to wines in which consumers can have the utmost confidence.”

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