English Wine

Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Chardonnay, 2017

My second wine tasting with The Pig Hotel- this time the theme was English Wine with the Wine Garden of England

Another wonderfully well organised event, where we heard from vineyards owners, winemakers and team members that make up the six Kent wineries in the Wine Garden of England Group- Chapel Down, Gusbourne, Biddenden, Simpsons, Hush Heath & Squerryes, and of course had a bottle of each of their wines!

I have posted reviews previously about the Gusbourne Sparkling Rosé and then Simpsons Derringstone Pinot Meunier, both of which I love. I’ll work my way through reviewing the others- starting with this beauty from Chapel Down.

I was very excited to try this having won several awards last year- Gold Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards & IWC 2020, as well Best Single Varietal White & Top Still Wine at the Wine GB Awards 2020.

Kits Coty is the name of their most prized vineyard site, the Chardonnay being from produced from Burgundy clones, is wild fermented and matured on its lees for nine months in old French barrels.

The result? A beautifully well balanced, rich and complex wine with great length. A nose of bruised apple, melon, lemon tart and hazelnut, mirrored on the palate with added notes of peach and a hint of toffee. Equal parts lively and fresh but also has a weighty buttery mouthfeel.

I’m typically not a fan of oaked Chardonnay but in this I have found my match and savoured every last sip.

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