Chapel Down Rosé Brut has an enticing pale pink colour. The Pinot Noir really shines out in this elegant English Sparkling wine; it’s one of the most elegant pink fizzes we’ve tasted. Delicate aromas of strawberries, cherries and redcurrants with background notes of toasty shortbread these lead into a crisp, fresh palate of light red fruits. It has a fine creamy mousse which contributes to the light and effortless style and beautiful balance of this pink fizz which is the equal of many (and more expensive) champagnes.
Chapel Down Rosé Brut is made by the champagne method, which involves significant work from the vinification as a still wine, first a cool fermentation in stainless steel, followed by a partial malolactic fermentation. It is then matured on its lees in tank for six months, before bottling. The next stage is a secondary fermentation in bottle and bottle age of around 18 months, before disgorgement. in the traditional, Champagne method. This wine was disgorged in July 2019, so has spent a total of 30 months maturing.
The grapes for this wine are sourced from vineyards in Kent, Sussex and Essex planted on chalk and clay soils. A warm and sunny yielded fruit with great balance and purity of character.
Chapel Down wines Planted their first vineyard in Tenterden in 1977, and are now the largest English wine producer, working with many vine growers across Sussex, Kent, Essex and Hampshire. They make a remarkable range of Champagne method sparkling wines and several aromatic white, red and rosé still wines, all of which have won a plethora of awards.
Josh Donaghuay-Spire is the Head winemaker who gained experience in Alsace, Champagne and South Africa. Chapel Down sources its grapes from their own vineyards and a number of dedicated growers across Sussex, Hampshire, Essex and Kent.
It is great to see that this terrific pink fizz has won two Silver medals in 2019 awards – International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards and Silver Medal in 2020 with 92 Points.
“Lovely depth of fruit, with rounded, concentrated red berries which show body, crisp acidity and some autolytic complexity.” 92 points; Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 panel.
“Attractive, ripe cherry flavours with crisp acidity and a touch of yeast character. Light, refreshing with soft bubbles.” 90 points. Decanter Awards Panel 2019
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FOOD: A brilliant aperitif and good with fish, including smoked salmon; light pasta dishes and will accompany summer fruit desserts