Kent-based Simpsons Wine Estate has announced that it will release four new still wine labels following last year’s exceptionally fruitful harvest, widely regarded by English winegrowers as the ‘vintage of the century’.
The four wines, two whites, a rosé and a red, are all named after roads located in the whereabouts of the winery. The new lineup consists of unoaked Gravel Castle Chardonnay, Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir, Provencal-style Railway Hill Rosé (100% Pinot Noir) and, unusually, a varietal still white Pinot Meunier called Derringstone. The team at Simpsons believes this is the first-ever still blanc de noirs interpretation of the grape made in the UK. Both the rosé and the white Pinot Meunier are sealed under Vinolok glass closure.
The four new wines will complement Simpsons’ current portfolio: the still, oak-aged Roman Road Chardonnay, and the two vintage sparklings, Canterbury Rosé and Chalklands Classic Cuvée.
The Roman Road Chardonnay’s 2018 vintage will be released later in the year after 12 months of oak ageing. This represents a significant step up compared to the previous vintage, which was aged in oak for three months only, and confirms the exceptional quality of the fruit harvested last year.
The wines will be distributed to the on-trade by Roberson Wine and will be available to sample at the merchant’s portfolio tasting on 6 March at Foyle’s Book Store in Charing Cross, London.