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Chapel Down Three Graces 2016

Mix 12
£34.00
Mix 6
£36.00
Per Bottle
£40.00
Delivered Tue 17th May Same Day - cost based on mileage from Islington
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Delivered Wed 18th May DHL Next Working Day from £9.00
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Description & Technical Information
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Chapel Down makes world-class wines from grapes grown in the South East of England where the geology and climate combine to provide the perfect terroir for sparkling wines. The first vines were planted at Tenterden in the late 1970's and the vineyard has been continuously producing English wines from this site ever since. Chapel Down now has a large acreage under vine in Kent and beyond.

Winemaking: Cool fermentation in stainless steel followed by full malolactic fermentation. A portion (1% 2009, 2% 2010, 1% 2011, 5% 2013, 3% 2014) of this wine is from reserve stocks which has been stored in barrel and tank which adds complexity and depth to the palate. Maturation on fine lees in tank for six months before bottling and a minimum of three years further ageing on lees in bottle.

Weather: 2016 was undoubtedly a challenging year for UK winegrowers. Only a few will have covered their growing costs and even fewer will have full wineries. However, the high ripeness levels, dry harvest and clean grapes are some compensation and there should be some excellent wines, both still and sparkling, for drinking in the future. 2016 has also emphasised the part played by region, vineyard site and vineyard management in creating a truly sustainable grape growing and wine making enterprise.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Kent and East Sussex. Grapes are grown on chalk and clay soils.
Grape Varieties: 60% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir & 4% Meunier
Lees Ageing: 3 years
Dosage: 8 g/l
Alcohol: 12%
pH: 3.01
TA: 7.1 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: Complex aromas of ripe apple, fresh red berries and toasted brioche are followed by a rich palate and a generous finish.
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Expert Reviews
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Tasted blind. Hint of putty on the nose. Very beautiful texture. Creamy without being heavy. Great balance of fruit and acid. Crisp, clean and appetising.”
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