Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Gravel Castle Chardonnay 2020

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Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Gravel Castle Chardonnay 2020

Country - Great Britain

Region - Kent

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Simpsons Wine Estate

Tasting notes - A zesty, fruit-driven and unoaked Chardonnay displaying fresh, citrus aromas, refreshing tropical fruit flavours and a smooth, textured palate.

Simpsons Wine Estate Kent Gravel Castle Chardonnay 2020

A zesty, fruit-driven and unoaked Chardonnay displaying
fresh, citrus aromas, refreshing tropical fruit flavours and
a smooth, textured palate.


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


Vintage
2020 saw a bright and sunny start to the growing season in late March and early
April that augured well, 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 through the Champagne region and on to
Burgundy. The Roman Road and Railway Hill vineyards are planted with Burgundian
clones 96 and 548, at a density of 4,200 vines per hectare on either Fercal or 41B
rootstocks. The Guyot trained vines flourish on sloping, south facing vineyards, which
ensure heat accumulation during 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. Pruning and harvesting
takes place by hand and they are signed up to the WineGB’s Sustainability Scheme.


Winemaking
The winemaking methods promote the purest expression of fruit and the Kentish
terroir, with as little intervention as possible. The hand-picked grapes were whole
bunch pressed in the oxygen-free inert press, which protected the purity of the juice
and minimised skin contact. The juice was cold settled for 24 hours. Fermentation
took place in stainless steel tanks at 14 to 16°C with selected aromatic yeasts. The
wine underwent malolactic conversion, softening the acidity and increasing the
texture. The wine was aged on fine lees prior to being bottled in the spring.


Tasting Note
A zesty, fruit-driven and unoaked Chardonnay displaying fresh, citrus aromas,
refreshing tropical fruit flavours and a smooth, textured palate.


Grape
Chardonnay 100%

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