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Posted: 29 September 2013
Brewer and pub operator Shepherd Neame is to stock one of the most critically acclaimed new English sparkling wines, Herbert Hall, through its premium pubs and inns.
The partnership marks the coming together of two quintessentially Kentish names in the drinks industry - one old and one new. Established in 1698, Shepherd Neame remains an independent, family business with a focus on a high quality offer.
Although tiny by comparison, Herbert Hall shares these values and is one of Kent’s recent success stories. Its first release in 2011 was described by the wine expert Matthew Jukes as: “The finest debut English sparkling wine I have ever tasted”. Since then, Herbert Hall has gained some of the most prestigious listings in the UK, including Michel Roux’s Le Gavroche, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Their winery in Marden even makes a special cuvée for HRH The Prince of Wales’s Highgrove brand.
Herbert Hall founder and winemaker Nicholas Hall says: “I am delighted to be working with Shepherd Neame. My family has farmed hops in Kent for four generations, so I have a real love for the history of this great brewery. I named the wine Herbert Hall after my great grandfather who started farming in Marden in 1893 on the very site that is now the vineyard. I am sure Herbert would approve both of the wine that bears his name and also that we are working with a brewer he would have known.”
Michael Prior, wine and spirits manager of Shepherd Neame’s wine company, Todd’s says: “We are committed to working with small growers and independent wineries and we have been looking for a truly exceptional English sparkling wine for some time. In Herbert Hall we have found one that is not only grown and produced in Kent but is widely regarded as among the very best in the country.”