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1st Wine: Chapel Down Sparkling Rose

  • Chapel Down is the largest and they would claim the best English wine producer.
  • They were the first ever English producer to win a gold medal for sparkling wine at the prestigious International Wine Challenge.
  • The Rose Brut was awarded a Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge 2011
  • The colour of lightly smoked salmon (an ideal partner). The wine is young, fresh and clean which isn’t as perverse as it sounds. Classic Pinot Noir nose of strawberry and raspberry with a splash of creaminess. A palate of ripe berry and rhubarb flavours and clean finish with perfectly balanced acidity.
  • The Blend is Pinot Noir, Reichensteiner, Müller-Thurgau (also known as Rivaner).
  • Muller-Thurgau and Reichensteiner originally come from Germany and are very much related.
  • In fact Reichensteiner is a cross between Müller-Thurgau and Madeleine Angevine x Calabreser Froehlich , and was first bred in Germany during 1939.
  • I’ll talk more about Chapel Down once we have poured the Brut as I know you all listen better when you have some wine in front of you.
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