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Simpsons Derringstone Pinot Meunier

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Wine information

Country - Great Britain

Region - Kent

Grape Varieties - Pinot Meunier 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Simpsons Wine Estate

Tasting notes - This unique, still, white Pinot Meunier displays sweet and savoury aromas of poached winter fruit with balsamic nuances and a delicious creamy texture.


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.


The 2019 growing season was very typical of East Kent with good amounts of sunshine

but not the exceptional warmth of 2018. The grapes developed excellent intensity of

flavour, balanced by natural acidity. The first half of harvest ran smoothly before rainy

spells resulted in few breaks in harvesting. Due to the excellent vineyard sites and

diligent canopy management, the quality of fruit overall was of high, leading to

distinctive wines that will continue to develop and unfurl with time.


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 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 Pinot Meunier vines are planted at a density of 4,200 vines

per hectare from clones 791, 977 and 978. 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.


The hand-picked grapes were carefully whole bunch pressed. The juice was cold

settled for 48 hours before being racked and undergoing a long, slow fermentation

using aromatic yeasts. The wine went through full malolactic conversion, resulting in a

creamy texture and then rested on its fine lees to build palate weight before being

bottled in spring.


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