The fruit to produce Left Field Blend New Hall Vineyards was hand-picked to maintain the highest quality, before being whole bunch pressed. Each variety was vinified separately to showcase the key varietal and clonal characteristics. The Left Field Blend New Hall Vineyards fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts. Ageing took place with ageing on the lees for three to four months promoting complexity and roundness to the finished wine.
The vineyard is situated in the Crouch Valley wine region, which enjoys a temperate climate, with warm, dry summers. The sheltered position ensures a long growing season which allows fruit to obtain high sugar levels at maturity and to develop intense, complex aromatics. The vines are some of the oldest in the UK, so the pruning methods are adapted to the age and vigour of the vine. A strong emphasis is placed on soil health, in order to minimise the use of herbicides. Mechanical under-vine treatments are employed to suppress weed germination, thereby minimising the use of weed-killers. A programme of subsoiling and row cultivation improves soil health alongside the application of manure. Siegerrebe was originally created in Rheinhessen and is a pink skinned grape variety mainly grown in England. Siegerrebe was originally created in Rheinhessen and is a pink skinned grape variety mainly grown in England. It literally translates as ‘champion vine’ and produces aromatic wines. Ortega is a crossing of Müller Thurgau and Siegerrebe, producing aromatic wines with good body, excellent for blending.
New Hall Vineyards benefits from a very special microclimate and Purleigh, Essex, is one of the warmest and sunniest spots in the country. Piers Greenwood is a bit of a visionary, he planted his vineyard there in 1969, which makes it one of the oldest in the UK. Today New Hall Vineyard has 40 hectares under vine and one of the largest plantings of Bacchus in the UK. Winemaker Piers has won the prestigious UK Winemaker of the Year Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and his highly acclaimed and award-winning wines showcase English Wine at its best.