Chapel Down Chardonnay is quite Chablis-like, with aromas of pear and tropical fruit. It has pineapple, melon and citrus flavours with balancing minerality. The finish is long and fresh. A delicious, elegant, unoaked Chardonnay
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. This vintage of Chapel Down Chardonnay 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, which is delicious and represents excellent value. The grapes come from Burgundian clone vines grown on the chalk in the Northern Downs of Kent.
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.