Chapel Down is one of England’s most successful wineries, whose first vineyard in Tenterden, Kent, was planted in 1977. It is now the largest UK wine producer, making a range of Champagne-style sparkling wine and aromatic white, red and rosé wines, and has won a plethora of accolades. The Tenterden vineyard is home to its state-of-the-art winery, headed by winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire who gained experience in wineries in Alsace, Champagne and South Africa.
As well as its Tenterden vineyard, it now also has a large vineyard in nearby Aylesford, but it also sources fruit from trusted growers on the South Downs of Sussex, the chalk downlands of Hampshire and other areas in Essex and Kent. The 9 hectares at Tenterden are on clay loam over sand on south-facing slopes. Here, the team plants pinot noir (used for the red and rosé as well as sparkling wines), pinot blanc, chardonnay and bacchus, a relatively new grape variety perfectly suited to English viticulture, some of which has been planted there since 1987.
Fruit is sourced from vineyards in Kent, Sussex and Essex. Grapes are grown predominantly on single and double guyot pruning systems, on varied soils including chalk, clay and loam soils.
After hand harvesting, each variety was whole-bunch pressed and vinified separately at cool temperatures. Half of the blend then underwent malolactic fermentation before the wine was blended, clarified and bottled.
An aromatic wine with aromas of green apple, pear and kiwi. The palate is zesty and fresh which leads to a smooth refreshing finish. A great alternative to aromatic white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
Great served chilled with barbeques, salads and grilled shellfish.
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Name Chapel Down Flint Dry Country England Region Kent ABV% 12% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety 52% Chardonnay, 25% Bacchus, 8% Huxelrebe, 5% Pinot Blanc, 4% Muller Thurgau, 4% Reichensteiner, 2% Pinot Noir Size 750ml Dietary Information No