Simpsons Canterbury Rose Sparkling
Vintage - 2018
Country - Great Britain
Region - Kent
Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol by volume - 12.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Simpsons Wine Estate
Tasting notes - An elegant sparkling rosé delicate honeysuckle and fresh raspberry sorbet nose, illustrating finesse and balance. On the palate, notes of exotic fruits; wild strawberry and smooth lychee are balanced with tangy lime through to a clean, complex finish.
Charles and Ruth Simpson have been making award-winning wines in the South of
France since 2002. In 2012, attracted by the quality of the terroir and the opportunity to
become part of one of the most dynamic wine producing regions in the world, they
brought their expertise back to the UK, establishing Simpsons Wine Estate. Aspiring to
produce the finest quality English wine, they planted 30 hectares of vineyards on the
iconic chalk terroir of the North Downs and built a state-of-the-art gravity fed winery. In
2016, the Simpsons saw their first harvest. With a strong focus on provenance, they
produce a highly-acclaimed range of exclusively estate-grown still and sparkling wines,
including the Chalklands Classic Cuvée 2016, which won a gold medal in the 2019
Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.
Following the frost-reduced crop of 2017, the vines carried over pent up energy into
2018 which combined with the long, warm and sunny growing season, resulted in
generous ripe fruit flavours with great intensity and good crop levels. Perfect vintage.
Simpsons Wine Estate is situated in the Elham Valley; an unspoilt seam in the North
Downs of Kent where the contours of the land, the climate and the soil are excellent for
viticulture. The intensely lime-rich chalk soil forms part of the same chalk ridge that
stretches from southern England through Champagne and on to Burgundy. The
grapes come from the Roman Road vineyard, where the Guyot trained vines are
trained on vertical foliage wires to help with canopy management. The vines are
planted at a density of 4,200 vines per hectare with a range of sparkling or Burgundian
clones on either Fercal or 41B rootstocks. They are grown on south facing slopes,
ensuring heat accumulation in the day and cold air drainage at night. The vineyard is
less than eight miles from the coast, providing a crucial maritime influence insulating
the fruit against intense temperature variations. Grass cover crops between the rows
encourage biodiversity within the vineyard. Pruning and harvesting takes place by
hand and they are signed up to the WineGB’s Sustainability Scheme.
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