Balfour has a reputation for producing some of the country’s finest sparkling Rosés and 1503 Rosé is no exception. As with its sibling, 1503 Classic Cuvée (named for the year when the estate’s historic manor house was built), the emphasis on this wine is the purity and expression of Kentish fruit. Made from the property’s younger vineyards and with a fresher, aperitif style in mind, this offers a very approachable yet still refined English fizz experience.
The fruit was harvested throughout October and the grapes were destemmed then whole-berry pressed to stainless steel tanks. Fermentation was inoculated with a house-specific strain and fermented at a cool temperature, preserving the vibrant fruit notes. Malolactic fermentation occurred simultaneously with primary fermentation. Prior to the wine being bottled a small amount of still Pinot Noir is added for color. The wine was bottled and hit with the liqueur de tirage to the optimum potential pressure as dictated by Victoria, the winemaker. Following a minimum of 9 months on lees the wine was disgorged in November 2022. It was hit with another small addition of Pinot Noir and a 12 gram dosage. The wine is bottled to order for freshness.