Our Pinot Blanc 2018 is part of the Chapel Down Discovery Series. Aromas of pear, melon and white flowers. The palate has flavours of citrus peel and fresh apricot which... Read More
Our Pinot Blanc 2018 is part of the Chapel Down Discovery Series. Aromas of pear, melon and white flowers. The palate has flavours of citrus peel and fresh apricot which lead to a long, refreshing finish.
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Discovery Series Pinot Blanc 2018
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The subtle, but highly versatile Pinot Blanc. Originating as a white grape mutation of Pinot Noir from Burgundy, Pinot Blanc is now most commonly grown in Alsace (France), Baden (Germany) and Lombardy (Italy). It is, however, a great match for the warmer areas of England. It thrives in relatively cool wine growing areas on limestone/clay mix soils, where it produces dry, refreshing still white wines, as well as being an excellent blending grape for sparklers. Think Franciacorta or Crémant.
On the Maldon Estate, Essex, grapes are grown on cordon and double guyot pruning systems, and on predominately clay soils. Whilst clay can create drainage issues within shallow sloped vineyards, the soil type's ability to retain nutrients ensures the Maldon Estate produces consistently high fruit quality, particularly of grape varieties like Pinot Blanc.
Whilst almost all red wines use malolactic fermentation to create smoother end products. At Chapel Down, we utilise the same process of converting tart malic acid into softer lactic acid for a variety of our white wines. This allows for additional velvety texture and body to be added to these wines, without overpowering signature floral or citrus aromas.