At the southern edge of the Weald, where it cascades head long towards the coast, nestles the small vineyard of Hidden Spring. The new owners David and Chris have looked to breathe new life into this site. A veteran of the English wine scene, having been planted over 30 years ago, it was until recently more campsite than vineyard. It has been rescued from this ignominy, the campsite swept away and 24,000 vines newly planted. Working the land themselves, managing the winemaking and doing their own bottling, it is quite clear this is more than just another hobby business. This is an obsession. Their ambition is clear and the future looks very exciting.
Hidden Spring Vineyard is on a south facing gentle slope with clay over sand. Vines are Vertical Shoot Position trained. Whilst they are not organic their approach is certainly minimal intervention. Altitude is between 65 and 78m above sea level and they are located on the edge of the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty.
A blend of Bacchus and Reichensteiner processed with minimal intervention
A nicely balanced fine English wine with refreshing acidity, showing grapefruit, nettle and lime zest aromas. Vines Cross is light, fresh and dry with a hint of passion fruit on the palate and a lingering finish. This unique blend of Bacchus and Reichensteiner grapes is a perfect match for fish, salads and chicken dishes.