On first sip, the Simpsons Wine Estate’s unoaked Gravel Castle Chardonnay instantly brings to mind Chablis; immense quality, but also due to the minerality and laser-like lemon and lime imparted by the Burgundy clone vines planted on chalky soils. Simpsons Wine Estate’s ethos is to consistently make the finest wines possible in Kent. And as you dive deeper into this wine’s fresh blossom, crunchy pear and tropical fruit sorbet flavours, it becomes apparent the Simpsons are probably the finest still winemakers working in the UK today.
The chalky soils of the South Downs are on the same seam that runs from Champagne and Chablis, and the maritime influence of the coast being just eight miles away results in a long, slow ripening season that produces immensely complex grapes.
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