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Simpsons Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir
AA3301

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Description

Wine information

Vintage - 2020

Country - Great Britain

Region - Kent

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Simpsons Wine Estate

Tasting notes - A purple-hued wine displaying dark cherry and smoky oak aromas, with hints of mocha. The elegant tannins are complimented by tangy, black fruit flavours and undertones of freshly ground coffee.

ProducerNote

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.

Vintage

2020 saw a bright and sunny start to the growing season in late March and early April,

but unfortunately it was followed by a series of frosts that ultimately reduced the crop.

On the positive side, the remainder of the summer was relatively sunny and warm with

occasional rain. By harvest, the smaller crop levels and favourable conditions resulted

in high quality fruit, bursting with intense flavours.

Vineyard

The estate is situated in the Elham Valley; an unspoilt seam in the North Downs of Kent

where the contours of the land, climate and 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 Guyot trained vines are low-yielding Burgundian

Pinot Noir clone 115 and 777, which are grown on either Fercal or 41B rootstocks.

Planted at a density of 4,200 vines per hectare 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.

Winemaking

The grapes were carefully hand-sorted and destemmed directly into fermenters via

gravity. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts, with pumping over once a day

for two weeks. A proportion of the blend was vinified using the traditional technique of

‘pigeage’ or punching down of the cap. Once fermentation was complete, the wine

was drained off its skins into two-year old French oak barrels, where it underwent

malolactic conversion. After four months’ ageing in barrels, the wine was bottled in

spring 2021.

Delivery

Free Local Delivery – Live locally to one of our shops, give us a call, email & we can arrange delivery, If you place your order online we will contact you to arrange delivery.

Free UK Delivery- If you spend £250 or more with us.

£9.50 Per UK Delivery Address - from 1 bottle upwards for orders under £250. This is a next day service if ordered before 2.30pm.

Orders are usually despatched within 24 hours, to arrive with UK customers within 3 working days. If an item is temporarily out of stock, we will notify you of the delay and you may consider the following options:

  • We can despatch your order as soon as we receive new stock.
  • Choose an alternative that we have in stock.

Saturday and a.m. delivery can be requested for an extra fee.

We can deliver to Scottish Highlands, Isle of Wight, Northern Island and Europe etc. for an extra fee,

Free Click and Collect – Orders can be placed online or give us a call and we can get your order together ready for you to collect.

Any queries should be directed to the shop by telephone on 01522 544737 or email to enquiries@steephillwines.com.

Returns

Online and Mail Order Purchases

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We cannot give refunds in the following cases:

  • Items returned after 28 days.
  • Damaged items not notified by telephone to us within 3 days.

Goods returned are at your own expense. We recommend that you use Recorded Delivery or a Courier so that you have proof of despatch.

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