Simpsons’ Wine Estate and Roberson Wine are working together to launch four new English still wines.

Charles and Ruth Simpson from Simpsons Wine Estate will launch the four prestige still wines this year, and the wines will be distributed in the UK via the team at Roberson Wine.

The four wines are all named after interesting local roads that surround the vineyards and winery in Barham, Kent, to help emphasise the sense of provenance.

The wines are: Gravel Castle Chardonnay 2018 (the ‘early release’ baby brother of Simpsons’ Wine Estate’s Roman Road Chardonnay); Derringstone Pinot Meunier 2018 (the team believes this may be the UK’s first Blanc de Noirs still Pinot Meunier and it is sealed under the Vinolok glass closure); Railway Hill Rose 2018 (a Provencal-style rose, created from 100% Pinot Noir, also sealed with Vinolok); Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir 2018 (created from low yielding still wine clones 115 and 375).

These four new wines will be joined later in the year by the Roman Road Chardonnay 2018, which will now age for 12 months prior to release.

Talya Roberson, MD, Roberson Wine, said: “Simpsons’ Wine Estate is just the partner we’ve been looking for. Their still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are produced from Burgundian clones grown in chalky soils and sit perfectly alongside our award-winning portfolio of great wines from France and California. We are looking forward to introducing them to the trade this spring.”

Ruth Simpson, co-owner of Simpsons’ Wine Estate said: “2018 was an incredible year for us at Simpsons’ Wine Estate and we’re thrilled to be working with the team at Roberson Wine to launch our new premium still wines.

“We are both quality-driven, family businesses that are passionate about English wine, so we share many commonalities. Roberson Wine has a fantastic list of prestige customers in the wine world and we look forward to introducing our exciting new wines to their exclusive client base.”