Chapel Down is the country’s leading producer of English wines and has been officially named a CoolBrand® for the second consecutive year and is the only English wine producer to ever feature. The CoolBrand list is compiled annually by an expert council and members of the public to identify the UK’s coolest brands. Chapel Down wines are listed in many of the UK’s best restaurants and supported by leading chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver. The range is also available nationally through Marks and Spencer, Majestic, Waitrose and Booths.
The Chapel Down winery is based in Tenterden, Kent, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chapel Down have 16 acres under vine on a 68 acre estate that surrounds the winery in Tenterden. Chapel Down owns the largest vineyard (115 acres) in Kent at Aylesford, while also sourcing grapes from a further 13 vineyards across the South East of England.
Chapel Down Three Graces 2009, an award-winning English sparkling wine that is the perfect accompaniment to festive brunches. A blend of the three great sparkling wine greats, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this complex sparkling wine has aromas of citrus and green fruits together with hints of brioche from extended ageing and is an ideal partner to smoked salmon, cured bacon and pastries. Chapel Down Three Graces 2009 was awarded a Silver Medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015 and at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2015. Chapel Down Three Graces 2009 costs £26.99 and is available from selected independent wine merchants and www.chapeldown.com.
Chapel Down Bacchus 2014 is a delightfully aromatic wine. England’s answer to a Sauvignon Blanc, this 100% Bacchus wine is packed full of tropical fruit aromas together with hints of green pepper and herbaceous characters. An ideal partner to roast poultry, this easy-drinking white wine is guaranteed to be enjoyed by your guests this season. RRP £11.99, available from Waitrose, Majestic and www.chapeldown.com.
In November 2015, Chapel Down released England’s first orange wine. The Chapel Down Orange Bacchus 2014 is the fifth single varietal Bacchus that Chapel Down produce and it is due to this extended knowledge and understanding of the grape variety that Chapel Down winemaker, Josh Donaghay-Spire, began skin contact trials with Bacchus during the 2014 harvest.
Josh states: “As England’s leading winemaker we are keen to push the boundaries and experiment with winemaking techniques in order to produce the best quality and innovative wines. With England increasingly becoming known for Bacchus as a white wine varietal, I was eager to explore the potential of this versatile variety. Often Bacchus is compared to Sauvignon Blanc in style, however our Orange Bacchus has added weight and depth of flavour with smoky notes, a rich palate and a really interesting tannic edge which makes it ideal for pairing with weightier foods, especially smoked meat or oily fish. England is gaining a deserved reputation for world-class sparkling wines but I hope with our Orange Bacchus it demonstrates the quality of English still wines and winemaking excellence that we offer as a growing industry.”
The Chapel Down Orange Bacchus 2014 (12% ABV) doesn’t have the brown hue often found in this style of wine which derives from oxidation resulting from no or very low sulphite addition. This is a deliberate move by Chapel Down to retain the wine’s aromatic qualities whilst also delivering on taste.
The resulting wine offers intense aromas of smoky stewed apple together with hints of citrus rind and an almond-like bitterness on the palate leading to a rich complex finish.
This limited release wine will be focused at the premium on-trade and independent off trade with a RRP of £20.00.
For more information, visit www.chapeldown.com