Chapel Down Chardonnay is so Chablis-like, with aromas of white peach, pear and nutty hints. It has citrus, pear and nectarine flavours and a balancing minerality and great purity of fruit. 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 follow-on vintage of Chapel Down Chardonnay is the 2020 vintage. The grapes were hand-picked in September, whole-bunch pressed and fermented at low temperatures. A full malolactic fermentation followed, which contributes to the smooth texture of this wines. It then had an extended period on its lees before bottling in February 2021. With aromas of apple, pear and tropical fruit and flavours of pineapple, melon and citrus leading to a long fresh finish, this vintage is ready to drink now and will continue to develop
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 £15. Bush Vines very competitive price is £13.50.
Food Match: Perfect match for shellfish, fish grilled or with light cream sauce or white meats similarly cooked.