Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Roman Road Chardonnay 2020

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Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Roman Road Chardonnay 2020

Country - Great Britain

Region - Kent

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Simpsons Wine Estate

Tasting notes - Complex layers of tropical and citrus fruit, subtle butterscotch and flint aromas leads to a palate with ripe, fruit intensity balanced by elegant minerality, fresh citrus notes and touches of cedar.

Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Roman Road Chardonnay 2020

A poised wine with layers of tropical and citrus fruit, subtle
butterscotch and flint aromas preluding a palate of ripe,
fruit intensity balanced by elegant mineral tones.
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
Simpsons Wine Estate is situated in the Elham Valley; an unspoilt seam in the North
Downs of Kent where the contours of the land, the climate and the 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 grapes come from the Roman Road
single vineyard where the Guyot pruned vines are trained on vertical foliage wires to
help with canopy management. The Chardonnay vines are Burgundy clone 548 and
are 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. Pruning and harvesting takes place by hand and they
are signed up to the WineGB’s Sustainability Scheme.
Winemaking
Fermentation took place in two 600 litre French oak barrels to add complexity alongside
stainless steel tanks, with selected and indigenous yeasts. Full malolactic conversion
resulted in a creamy texture. 25% of the blend was matured in new French oak and
25% in older French barrels, with bâtonnage taking place in some barrels, the
frequency and duration was tailored to each. The remaining 50% was aged in stainless
steel tanks on lees to retain the purity of fruit.
Tasting Note
Complex layers of tropical and citrus fruit, subtle butterscotch and flint aromas leads to
a palate with ripe, fruit intensity balanced by elegant minerality, fresh citrus notes and
touches of cedar.
Grape
Chardonnay 100%
Winemaker: Leigh Sparrow
Region: Kent
Subregion: Kent
Country: England
Alcohol: 13%

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