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Hush Heath launches sparkling apple wine

Published:  01 June, 2017

Kent producer Hush Heath is mixing up its offering through the launch of two new apple sparkling drinks made in the traditional method.

The estate, which is known for its English sparkling wines made in the Champagne style, is trading grapes for apples grown on their land for two new launches to be distributed by Liberty Wines.

The estate said the new Sparkling English Apple Wines are a “completely new style”, aimed at those looking for lower alcohol alternatives, and also fans of Prosecco.

The current range consists of a white and a rosé, both of which have an ABV of 8% and are made from 100% juice from Cox, Bramley and Egremont Russet apple varieties grown and picked at Hush Heath’s Kent estate.

The new release is a blend of popular summer trends, evoking cider, lighter styles along with consumers’ love of sparkling.

Hush Heath’s producer Richard Balfour-Lynn said the launches have come from a desire to push the envelope, while “producing new styles and tastes for wine lovers”.

“We are also about making wine fun and creating styles that appeal to a wide audience,” he added.

Both the white ands the rosé have been through the Champagne process, with juice being fermented in stainless steel tanks and using Champagne yeasts for the secondary fermentation in the bottle, under the guidance winemakers Owen Elias and Victoria Ash.

Retailing at £15, the apple wines will be distributed by Liberty Wines in time for the summer rush.