Chapel Down Flint Dry is a terrific introduction to English dry white wine. An attractive, aromatic white with aromas of cox’s apples, Galia melon and kiwi fruit. It has a refreshing palate with flavours of grapefruit zest and nectarine, coupled with a smooth texture and an impressively long finish. Great to see this wine in Jane MacQuitty’s Top 20 English Wines in The Times, October 2020.
Chardonnay, which is being successfully grown in England (mostly for Sparkling wines), leads the blend with a range german varietals. It is quite a kaleidoscope of varietals grown in Kent, Sussex and Essex. Each variety is whole-bunch pressed and vinified separately. 50% of the blend underwent a malolactic fermentation, before bottling in February 2020. The result is an appealing white wine, which combines finesse and the best of English white wines at a good price. When people first taste Chapel Down Flint Dry they are surprised just how good it is.
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.
“Tongue-tingling, tart, verdant, chardonnay-led, fish-friendly white, topped up with bacchus and six other white grapes” Jane MacQuitty, Top 20 English Red, White & Sparkling Wines; The Times, 15 October 2020.
“Perfumed nose with a touch of leafy herbal character. Vibrant fruit on the palate with a bone dry savoury finish.” 90 Points; Decanter Awards Panel 2019
“Flint Dry is one of the country’s most delicious and great value whites”. “English Class in a Glass” Matthew Jukes March 2018
This wine was one of three identified by Matthew Jukes in his article “Summer Stills” in July 2018. He picked 3 English wines that he describes as “incredibly rewarding, which comfortably conform to the lofty French “qualité prix” (ie quality/value) ratio.
“I doubt we will ever see rafts of English wines under the tenner mark, but Flint Dry at £11.99, gets very close, and I have been a huge fan of this wine. … Its base of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc which has gone through a malolactic fermentation provides a sleek and juicy mid-palate, but it is the Bacchus, Huxelrebe, Reichensteiner, Muller-Thurgau and Pinot Noir which form the aromatic vanguard and titillating finish and this rabble of grapes does a brilliant job in bookending the central core with vibrancy and verve. …
……People queue up for the new vintage release each year! A remarkable achievement for this professional outfit.” Matthew Jukes; The Vineyard Magazine July 2018.
Sells in other merchants £13.99. Bush Vines competitive price is £11.65.
Food Match: Ideal aperitif; good with seafood, white meats and salads.