Two Golds for the last vintage, now Harrow & Hope’s Blanc de Noirs 2015 looks set for more medals after what winemaker Henry Laithwaite calls “a fantastic year for Pinot”. A stunning English fizz with red fruit and freshly baked brioche complexity.
Beyond the Label
Creamy berry fruit, toasty bread hints, length. Fresh and balanced
Red berries and orchard apples, with brioche notes
Decanter said that “English sparkling wine is a world class product”. And Henry Laithwaite’s Harrow & Hope is one of the best. Until 2010 Henry had been more used to making reds in Oz and Bordeaux, but he and his wife Kaye returned to England and planted a 10-hectare vineyard in Marlow with Chardonnay and both Pinots. In 2013, they completed a new winery. Henry’s had some top names advising him – the late Tony Jordan of Australia’s Moët et Chandon and the UK’s late King of Fizz, Mike Roberts. Made with Champagne’s classic Pinot grapes, and with 40 months on lees, this is a complex, concentrated bubbly with gorgeous, toasty length. Approachable now, it will also reward patience. As Henry says, “Time is the greatest winemaking tool we have”.
"Already awarded a number of Trophies, Harrow & Hope has proved itself a source of great English fizz"
Beth Willard Buyer for England