New Hall Vineyards Crouch Valley Limited Edition Chardonnay 2018
Full bottle 1,342 g. Purleigh, Essex.
Tasted blind. Light nectarine nose. This has an almost natural-wine character. Very slightly oxidised? Rustic? Fino turning palo…? Apple skins and decayed satsuma skin and this wonderful, interesting play of chalk and fine-ground pepper and toasted barley. Lemon jam with toasted apricot kernels. Very unusual. Had me totally intrigued. Quite exciting, even. Piercing acidity but enough in the layers in between to hold the mid palate. A very different style of English Chardonnay.
GV (TC) 16.5/20 JancisRobinson.com
The Corky Verdict
Amy – Aromatic on the nose and quite unusual. A fascinating wine that’s well worth trying.
Sam – This is really unusual (in a good way), full of citrus fruit and quite minerally on the palate. A great wine made in the heart of the Crouch Valley.
- Pairs with: FishCheese
- Year: 2018
- Category: Dry
- Location: River Crouch, Essex, England
- Type: 100% Chardonnay
- Percentage: 12% ABV
The village of Purleigh and the wider Crouch Valley is arguably the most historic and important wine growing region in the UK
The first vineyard in Purleigh, Essex was planted in 1120 AD, and according to the local Parish records, only 500 yards from where New Hall Vineyard stands today. It covered three acres of land on the southern-facing slopes by All Saints Church.
The first vines were planted at New Hall Farm by Bill and Sheila Greenwood in 1969, with 850 Reichensteiner vines.
New Hall has the oldest Bacchus vines in the UK, with the first 2250 Bacchus vines planted by Bill and his son Piers in 1977. New Hall now supplies over 25% of all Bacchus in the UK and some of the grapes are also sold to other vineyards in Kent, Cornwall and Sussex.
In 2016, New Hall Vineyards is awarded the UKVA Winemaker of the Year 2016 and proudly produce wines that win four out of the six regional wine competition trophies. All together, New Hall Vineyards is awarded 2 Gold Medals, 7 Silver Medals and 4 Bronze Medals at the UKVA Awards, and over half a dozen Silver Medals at the EAVA Awards. The Bacchus Fume also wins a gold medal at the Independent Wine Awards competitions.
In 2020, the purchase of a new larger press and an additional 37,000litres of tanks the gradual expansion of the winery continued. The 2020 harvest was challenging however over 235 tonnes of fruit was handpicked in record time. The newly released Bacchus Fume NV picked up a gold award at the 2020 IEWA competition along with a Silver award for the 2019 Bacchus Reserve.