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Chapel Down

Website: https://www.chapeldown.com/

Chapel Down is located in Kent, and owns vineyards throughout the county. The Estate grows grapes on its own vineyards in Kent, and sources additional fruit from top-quality growers from a wider area, from Essex to Hampshire. This spreading of resources ensures that Chapel Down will be able to produce consistent quality in their range, whatever the English climate may throw at them from vintage to vintage. Long term relationships are nurtured with grape growers, and the list of suppliers is growing all the time to keep pace with increased demand for the Chapel Down wines.

The principal grape varieties used by the winery are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bacchus. In addition to this, Chapel Down is experimenting with new varieties and techniques, and are looking to produce a late harvest wine, as well as England's first Albariño. Chapel Down has won a host of awards, including a Gold Award at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2016, a Gold Award in the International Wine Challenge 2016, and was shortlisted for 'English Wine Producer of the Year' at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, also in 2016.

On The Oxford Wine Company's list is the Chapel Down Three Graces 2011. It won a Silver Award in the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2017, and a Silver Medal in the International Wine and Spirits 2017. The 2011 vintage was characterised by lower yields but with good ripeness: two elements required for excellent quality wines. The Three Graces spends six months on its fine lees in the tank, and then a further three years in bottle before being disgorged prior to release. Notes of ripe red apple and strawberry combine with buttered brioche and toasted hazelnuts. The wine has delicacy, but also depth, and will be at its peak between 2017 and 2019