As the release of Charles and Ruth Simpson’s first sparkling wines draws ever closer, the charming couple tease us with an equally lovely second vintage of their highly rated Roman Road Chardonnay.
That purity and elegance is present even more so on the palate, where red apple and lively citrus begin a textural journey. The wine is brilliantly crisp and clean but has a surprising depth and presence with hints of stone fruit and lots of minerality.
It’s very clean, and the mineral textures build and linger with excellent length. It’s quite Chablis-esque in style and texture, which impressed me.
This is a grown-up, well-structured, distinctive English Chardonnay. It’s worth noting that the 2016 vintage was a sellout, so do get in quickly.