Gravel Castle Chardonnay, Simpsons Wine Estate, Kent, England 2019
Gravel Castle is a Chardonnay produced from Burgundian clones - ideal for still wine production - grown in the chalk soils of Simpsons Wine Estate's Roman Road and Railway Hill Vineyards.
Made from exclusively estate grown grapes, the Gravel Castle Chardonnay is a fresh, fruit driven and un-oaked Chardonnay. Pale gold in colour, with aromas of citrus, ripe apple and nashi pear, a note of tropical fruit in the mouth is balanced by crisp minerals. Aged on fine lees to give a smooth, rounded and creamy texture.
- Award Winning: No
- Bio: No
- Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
- Size of Bottle: 750ml
Simpsons Wine Estate owners Charles & Ruth Simpson have been making award-winning wines at Domaine Sainte Rose, their stunning, southern French property, for the past 17 years. Combining Old World terroir with New World techniques in the vineyard and winery, they produce an eclectic range of award-winning wines, which have won international acclaim and are sold around the world.
In 2014, they bought their expertise and savoir-faire back to the UK, establishing Simpsons Wine Estate in Barham, Kent, with an aspiration to create the finest quality Traditional Method English sparkling wine. Simpsons Wine Estate now has 30 hectares of vineyard, planted with the grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyards occupy glorious positions on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs, protected from the whimsy of the English climate by ancient woodlands and anchored in the iconic, free-draining, chalky soils, so revered in the world of sparkling wine.
In 2016 a state-of-the-art winery was created in Barham in preparation for their first harvest and a modern tasting room was completed during 2017, complete with a helter skelter slide. From 2018, Simpson's estate has also begun to produce a range of still wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Crucially, these are produced from Burgundian clones, specifically intended for still wine production. This gives their still wines a ripeness and complexity often lacking in those made by other English producers, whose wines are made from clones better suited to sparkling wine.
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