Simpsons Wine Estate releases its first wine

Simpsons Wine Estate has released its first wine from its estate in Kent.

The Roman Road Chardonnay 2016 is made using 100% estate grown Chardonnay, from grapes picked during the first harvest in October 2016.

Charles Simpson said: “We planted our first vines in the Roman Road vineyard in 2014 and carried out our first harvest last October. We wanted to set aside a small quantity of Chardonnay to make our first still wine from the Estate and we are very happy with the result. Primary and malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks in our new winery, before moving to spend three months in French oak barrels. If the weather allows, we hope to be able to continue to produce a small amount of The Roman Road Chardonnay in future years.”

Ruth Simpson added: “Our Roman Road vineyard is situated on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs of Kent, the Garden of England. Exuding a true sense of the place, our Roman Road Chardonnay is elegant and linear, with a distinctive mineral quality that you would expect from fruit grown on these iconic chalk soils. Created from chardonnay clone 584 carefully selected for its maturity and concentration during the outstanding 2016 harvest, this single vineyard, still white wine displays aromas of white peach and lime, followed by smooth flavours of cashew nut and hints of spice.”

The Roman Road Chardonnay is available in limited quantities, just 680 bottles have been produced, exclusively through Simpsons Wine Estate, and it will be available to taste at the London Wine Fair, on Esoterica stand Y104 form 22 to 24 May.

Charles and Ruth Simpson, who have been making wine at their Languedoc property Domaine Sainte Rose, for 15 years, invested in 90 acres of viticultural land in Barham, Kent in 2012. Their first English Sparkling Wine will be released in December 2018. 

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