75cl * 12% ABV * Sussex, England
The somewhat unusual named 'Breaky Bottom' refers to the dry chalk valley that the eponymous vineyard lies in - and is even mentioned in the Domesday Book. English winemaking legend Peter Hall discovered the site as a run-down farm in the 1970s and quickly saw its potential to produce high-quality wines similar to those of Champagne and the Loire Valley. All wines are vintage and aged for an extended time on lees and in bottle - crucial things, Peter believes, to making the best English sparkling wine. Additionally, each cuvee is named after someone significant in Peter's life.
Twenty years Peter's senior, Jack Pike helped plant the vineyard in 1974 - 8,500 vines with spades, a tape-measure, and a long piece of string! His energy has inspired the Breaky Bottom approach to physical work ever since. Breaky Bottom pioneered Seyval Blanc for sparkling wine and this example has a fine balance of fruit and acidity, delicate aromas of white flowers and a long fresh finish.
Peter's wines always show better with some bottle age to them and we're very excited to see where this is headed.