Derringstone Pinot Meunier 2020
Simpsons Wine Estate
Region: Kent

Tasting Notes

A white wine with interesting red wine characteristics. Pinot Meunier is a red grape, generally used in sparkling wine production. Aromas of apple, raspberry and fresh rain. The palate is creamy and gentle, but there is a fine tingle of acidity that keeps it balanced. Flavours of ripe pear, apple and white flowers with a hint of biscuity, leesiness. Medium- bodied with a touch viscous, this is a great winter white, similar in texture to Viognier.

Known predominantly as the most planted variety in Champagne, Pinot Meunier brings an abundance of fruitiness to the blends of this renowned sparkling region. The dark-skinned Meunier possesses wonderful acidity and low to moderate levels of alcohol. Despite its ability to blend well in sparkling wines, it is also vinified into still wines, mostly in Australia. In addition to Champagne, you will find significant plantings in California and Germany.

Elham Valley is an unspoilt seam in the North Downs of the county of Kent, where the contours of the land, the climate and the soil could scarcely be improved upon for viticulture. The intensely lime-rich chalk soil forms part of the same chalk ridge that stretches from southern England to the French Champagne region and on to Burgundy. The English climate may be marginal for viticulture but its relative austerity—where expertly handled—and long, cool ripening period is ideally suited to creating still and sparkling wines with pure variety flavours, elegant acidity and subtly sophisticated aromas.

Simpsons Wine Estate is located in one of the sunniest corners of the British Isles. Proprietors Charles and Ruth have further safeguarded their vines against extremes in climate by selecting sloping vineyards that face almost due south, ensuring heat accumulation in the day, and excellent cold air drainage at night. The maritime influence is also crucial to the success of these vines. The property is less than eight miles from the coast on three sides, which helps insulate the fruit against intense variations in temperature. Roman Road Vineyard was the original Estate Vineyard, so named for the road the Romans marched upon in their first invasion of England in 43 AD, bringing along vines with them. Railway Hill was planted in 2016 for another 20 hectares of south facing vineyards, again in chalk soil.

Hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed into stainless steel. Slowly fermented in stainless steel, with yeasts selected for aromatic properties and with two months of lees contact.

Wine Type: White

Variety: Pinot Meunier

Classification: N/A

Orientation: South facing slopes

Appellation: N/A

Gradient: 70 masl

Soil: Chalk

Farming Practices: Minimal Intervention. Accredited by the WineGB Sustainability Programme

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 12.5

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable