Story of the wine:
Wine growing in England predates the Norman Invasion of 1066 and many vineyards are recorded in The Doomsday Book. Peter Hall established his winery in 1974 just outside Rodmell, near Lewes in Sussex and started making sparkling wines in the 1990s. Hall is the great-great nephew of the famous writer Lafcadio Hearn, also known by his Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo hence the name of this wine. 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of planting the vineyard at Breaky Bottom and was the 110th anniversary of Hearn’s death. The Seyval Blanc grape is a hybrid grape developed in France in the late 19th century. Being an early ripener it was very popular in English vineyards particularly in the early development of English wines in recent years.
Grape(s): 100% Seyval Blanc
Area: From vineyards near Rodmell and Lewes in East Sussex
Training system: Double guyot
Vines per ha.: 3,000 per ha.
Av. age of vines: 30 years and over
Harvest: A manual harvest in the 3rd week of October
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel at 180C for 3 weeks. The second and bottle fermentation was for 8 weeks at 12-140C. There was no malolactic fermentation.
Ageing: It is aged in bottle for 4-5 years after the second fermentation
Pack size: 6 x 75cl
Regional dish for this wine recommended by the producer: Oysters
Descriptions for Wine List
1) Nice brioche notes balanced by soft red fruits. Excellent depth of flavour with a flavor some pithy finish.
2) English wine is now accepted as being of a top quality when produced by wineries such as Breaky Bottom. Nice brioche notes balanced by soft red fruits. Excellent depth of flavour with a flavor some pithy finish.
Country: England Region: Rodmell, East Sussex Grape: 100% Seyval Blanc Product code: 5820 Pack size: 6x75cl
Breaky Bottom is an isolated farmstead set in a beautiful secluded valley in the South Downs. Peter Hall planted the 6 acre vineyard in 1974. The free-draining chalk soil finds its equivalent in Champagne.