This was the standout wine for me at a very thorough tasting during our recent tour at Chapel Down.
We were hoping to get a taste of the new 2013 vintage, but we were one week early, but have to say an extra year in the bottle has allowed this 2012 to develop into something really special.
On the nose there’s bags of lovely stone fruit aromas accompanied hints of apple, tropical fruit and even orange oil. There’s also a rather beautiful toasted oak vanilla character thanks to 9 months ageing in French oak.
The layers of character and flavour continue through on the palate, as the wine greets the drinker with crisp acidity and tangy apple. The mid taste is a decidedly smooth affair with apricot and peach and a lovely creamy weight. Tropical bursts of pineapple and a pronounced but subtle oaky finish.
Think textures of white Burgundy with an underlying crisp fresh English expression.
WOTM May 2019 A celebration of English Chardonnay purity, and it comes with such welcoming texture and complexity.
Baked apple pudding and ripe stone fruit flavours set the stage for an incredibly approachable Blanc de Blancs.
Both driving and giving, ending on a delicious honey roasted nut complexity that lingers elegantly on the finish.
This fine English Chardonnay straddles that fine line between textural oaky delight and precise, punchy fruit purity.
A really grown-up wine that is more Pouilly-Fumé in style than it is New World Sauvignon Blanc.
Fresh, clean and dry with flavours of crisp apple, lime and a twist of tropical fruit.