Simpsons 'Roman Road' Chardonnay 2020


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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.

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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.

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.

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RRP £26.75
Vintage 2020
Alcoholic strength 13%
Country England
Region Kent
Grapes Chardonnay 100%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Diam
Simpsons Wine Estate

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.

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