Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir 2020

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Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir 2020

Country - Great Britain

Region - Kent

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Simpsons Wine Estate

Tasting notes - A purple-hued wine displaying dark cherry and smoky oak aromas, with hints of mocha. The elegant tannins are complimented by tangy, black fruit flavours and undertones of freshly ground coffee.

Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir 2020

A smooth, elegant and complex wine with dark cherry,
smoky oak aromas and hints of mocha, with tangy,
black fruit flavours and coffee undertones.


Producer Note
Charles and Ruth Simpson have been making award-winning wines in the South of
France since 2002. In 2012, attracted by the quality of the terroir and the opportunity
to become part of one of the most dynamic wine producing regions in the world,
they brought their expertise back to the UK, establishing Simpsons Wine Estate.
Aspiring to produce the finest quality English wine, they planted 30 hectares of
vineyards on the iconic chalk terroir of the North Downs and built a state-of-the-art
gravity fed winery. In 2016, the Simpsons saw their first harvest. With a strong focus on
provenance, they produce a highly-acclaimed range of exclusively estate-grown still
and sparkling wines, including the Chalklands Classic Cuvée 2016, which won a
gold medal in the 2019 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.


Vintage
2020 saw a bright and sunny start to the growing season in late March and early
April, but unfortunately it was followed by a series of frosts that ultimately reduced the
crop. On the positive side, the remainder of the summer was relatively sunny and
warm with occasional rain. By harvest, the smaller crop levels and favourable
conditions resulted in high quality fruit, bursting with intense flavours.


Vineyard
The estate is situated in the Elham Valley; an unspoilt seam in the North Downs of
Kent where the contours of the land, climate and soil are excellent for viticulture. The
intensely lime-rich chalk soil forms part of the same chalk ridge that stretches from
southern England to Burgundy. The Guyot trained vines are low-yielding Burgundian
Pinot Noir clone 115 and 777, which are grown on either Fercal or 41B rootstocks.
Planted at a density of 4,200 vines per hectare they are grown on south facing
slopes, ensuring heat accumulation in the day and cold air drainage at night. The
vineyard is less than eight miles from the coast, providing a crucial maritime influence
insulating the fruit against intense temperature variations. Grass cover crops
between the rows encourage biodiversity within the vineyard. Pruning and harvesting
takes place by hand and they are signed up to the WineGB’s Sustainability Scheme.


Winemaking
The grapes were carefully hand-sorted and destemmed directly into fermenters via
gravity. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts, with pumping over once a
day for two weeks. A proportion of the blend was vinified using the traditional
technique of ‘pigeage’ or punching down of the cap. Once fermentation was
complete, the wine was drained off its skins into two-year old French oak barrels,
where it underwent malolactic conversion. After four months’ ageing in barrels, the
wine was bottled in spring 2021.


Tasting Note
A purple-hued wine displaying dark cherry and smoky oak aromas, with hints of
mocha. The elegant tannins are complimented by tangy, black fruit flavours and
undertones of freshly ground coffee.


Grape
Pinot Noir 100%

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