100% Pinot Noir
75cl * Vegan * 12.5% ABV * Kent, England
A recent study by East Anglia University to identify England’s prime spot for viticulture was stopped short for fear of its impact on land prices, but it did hint that the best place was near Canterbury... Charles and Ruth Simpson must have had an inkling about this when they returned to the UK from France in 2012, establishing Simpsons Wine Estate.
The Simpsons' vineyards occupy glorious positions on the sunny, sheltered slopes of the North Downs of Kent, protected from the whimsy of the English climate by ancient woodland and anchored in the iconic chalk soils so highly revered in the world of both still and sparkling wine. Having planted 30 hectares of vineyards on this chalky terroir and built a state-of-the-art winery, the Simpsons saw their first harvest in 2016.
The Railway Hill Rosé, so called because the Canterbury to Folkestone light railway passed through this site in the late 19th and first half of the 20th Century, has fresh aromas of watermelon and honeysuckle, with zesty grapefruit flavours, taut minerality and a delightfully smooth texture and mouth-feel.
"The wine delivers a light strawberry nose with some candied fruit notes. The palate is vibrant and zesty, clean and fresh delivering pear and light red fruits. Perfect for the summer lawns of Kent." Judging Panel, International Wine Challenge
"An English rosé from the North Downs of Kent, it's crisp, bright and fruity with notes of peach and stone fruits and a balanced but delicate allure. Summer was made for wines like this." John Clarke, The Independent