Chapel Down Chardonnay is so Chablis-like, with aromas of pears, peaches and buttery hints. It has complex, layered flavours and great purity of fruit, balanced with crisp acidity. The finish is very long and smooth. A delicious, elegant, unoaked Chardonnay that would not be out of place in a line-up of classy Chablis!
The grapes were hand-picked in mid to late October from Kent vineyards, whole-bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel followed by a malolactic fermentation which contributes to the smooth texture of this wine. It then had an extended period on its lees before bottling in July 2014.
Chardonnay, is one of the top two grape varieties planted in the UK. Along with Pinot Noir it is mainly used in the production of sparkling wines. However, occasionally there are some gems of still wine produced from this grape, like this example. Chapel Down planted their vineyards in 1977 and are now the largest English wine producer, working with many vine growers across Sussex, Kent and Essex. Chief winemaker at Chapel Down is Josh Donaghay-Spire, who has a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Plumpton College and gained his experience in Alsace, Champagne and South Africa.
Sells in other merchants £14.99. Bush Vines very competitive price is £13.50. Drink 2016 to 2019.
Food Match: Perfect match for shellfish, fish grilled or with light cream sauce or white meats similarly cooked.