Canterbury Rosé English Sparkling Wine 2018
Canterbury Rosé is the sensational pink English sparkling wine from Simpsons.
Crafted using handpicked Pinot Noir from their Roman Road vineyard and the traditional method made famous by their friends in Champagne, Simpsons has created a devastatingly beautiful sparkling rosé. The grapes were gently crushed in an oxygen-free pneumatic press, which preserved all the red fruit flavours and delicate aromatics. As a result, the gentle bubbles in this fizz are bursting with strawberries and cream, raspberry sorbet, pomegranate, cherry, rose petal, chalk, pink grapefruit, marzipan, clementine, almond biscotti, spice and delicate whiff of smoke. On tasting this wine you’ll understand why the experts at Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages described a previous vintage of this racy wine as “An extraordinary sparkling rosé by any standards… Delivers way above its price bracket.”
Located just outside Canterbury – which is twinned with Reims in the heart of Champagne and has very similar lime-rich chalky soils – you’ll discover Simpsons Wine Estate. This location is no happy accident; it’s a carefully orchestrated strategy that we predict will revolutionise the English Wine world. Ruth and Charles Simpson spent 17 years perfecting their art at their award-winning Domaine Sainte Rose in Languedoc, before setting up their new venture in the stunning Elham Valley (a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty). This kind of winemaking pedigree is somewhat of a rarity in English wine, as many of the recent surge in new winery openings have been set up by people who have made money in The City and are looking for a new challenge.
On visiting the Simpsons Wine Estate – which was bought in 2012, planted in 2014 and opened by Oz Clarke in 2016 – it’s the astonishing attention to detail that strikes you. A recent study by East Anglia University to identify the prime location for vineyards in the UK stopped short of giving exact coordinates for fear of the impact on land prices, but hinted that the very best place was somewhere near Canterbury. When you look at Simpsons’ vineyards, it’s hard not to think they’ve found the magical plots. This area of the North Downs has some of the highest sunshine hours in the UK, their slopes are perfectly positioned to optimise sun capture and protect from winds and frosts, the chalky soils are on the same seam that runs from Champagne, and the maritime influence of the coast being just eight miles away results in a long, slow ripening season that produces immensely complex grapes. While most English wineries use sparkling wine clones for their still wines, Simpsons use clones much like the ones you’ll find in Chablis or Central Otago that are intended primarily for still wines; they bring in experts from France at great expense to help with planting, bottling, labelling and disgorgement; they employ top-of-the-line technology from their oxygen-free press to their in-house analytical tools; their fining is all vegan friendly; and finally, but most importantly, their winery is fitted with a spiral slide so that all visitors leave with a smile on their face. If you needed any further endorsement, then it’s worth pointing out that Taittinger have recently planted vineyards in Kent, and guess who they turned to process some of their first grapes? You’ve guessed it: Simpsons Wine Estate.
£4.27 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3689141
Style No.: 875649
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