The Simpson’s have been making award-winning wines at Domaine de Sainte Rose, their stunning, southern French property, for the past 16 years. In 2014 they brought their expertise and savoir-faire back to the UK establishing Simpsons Wine Estate in Barham, Kent, with an aspiration to create the finest quality English wine. They laid down their roots amidst the pristine beauty of the Elham Valley – an unspoilt seam in the North Downs of Kent where the contours of the land, the climate and the soil could scarcely be improved upon for viticulture.
The Gravel Castle Chardonnay is pale gold in colour with citrus and nashi pear aromas. Refreshing tropical fruit flavours are complimented by a smooth, textured palate.
Burgundian Chardonnay clones 96 and 548 were carefully hand harvested from the Roman Road and Railway Hill vineyards. The grapes were then gently pressed and the juice was cold settled for 24 hours. Once racked, the juice was inoculated with aromatic yeasts. Following the primary fermentation, the wine underwent a partial malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and increase mouthfeel.
The wine was aged on fine yeast lees prior to bottling in spring 2019.
The Simpsons’ vineyards occupy glorious positions on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs of Kent, protected from the whimsy of the English climate by ancient woodland and anchored in the iconic chalky soils so highly revered in the world of both still and sparkling wine.
Try with crispy Quorn nuggets and salty chips!