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.
This blend of Rondo, Pinot Noir, Regent and Early Pinot Noir was handpicked from Kent vineyards.
Hand-picked grapes are destemmed before fermentation in stainless steel. Cap management is through pumpovers twice daily, warm fermentation helps extraction of both colour and tannin. Maturation occurs in stainless steel for 9 months before bottling.
Aromas of blackberry compote and very subtle vanilla oak. The palate has flavours of black cherry and plum complemented by the soft tannin structure.
The low tannins in this wine make it an ideal accompaniment to duck and lamb dishes as well as richer game dishes.
- Additional Information
Name Chapel Down Union Red Country England Region Kent ABV% 12% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety Pinot Noir, Regent, Rondo Size 750ml Dietary Information No