In a nutshell: A crisp and delicate sparkling rose, with fresh fruit and aromatic flavours, from Kent.
The lowdown: A fine rose with a fresh cranberry and vanilla cream aromas, illustrating both finesse and balance. The elegant palate delivers vibrant grapefruit flavours balanced with red berry fruit and savoury nuances through to a generous, lingering finish. Due to the ageing, the freshness is well balanced by hints of almond and rose. The 100% Pinot Noir grapes come from the Roman Road vineyard, located close to the winery.
Simpsons Wine Estate is situated in the Elham Valley; an unspoilt seam in the north Downs of Kent where the contours of land, the climate and the soil are excellent for viticulture. The intensely lime-rich chalk soil forms part of the same chalk ridge that stretches from southern England through the Champagne region and on to Burgundy. The vineyards are less than eight miles from the coast providing a crucial maritime influence the wines.
When to drink: A great aperitif wine also would pair well with cold meats.