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Riverview Crouch Valley Chardonnay 2021, Essex

Riverview Crouch Valley Chardonnay 2021, Essex

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The Chardonnay grapes were handpicked from Riverview Crouch Valley Vineyard at the end of October 2021. The wine is a small batch of only 950 bottles. Wine writer Matthew Jukes described it as: "Complete, sensual and balanced Chardonnay. Gentle yet sophisticated. The oak regime matches the fruit perfectly. The wine is pampering the palate. Sensational."

It was fermented in old French barrels using traditional Burgundian yeast. The wine remained in oak for the malolactic fermentation and ageing for another 12 months. Regular battonage (stirring of the lees) provides extra creaminess and body.

There are aromas of citrus and cream with a little lime zest. The palate has touches of juicy mandarin, racy acidity and a hint of lychee. The finish is creamy, opulent, and mouth-watering.

This would partner well with grilled lobster, crawfish or king prawns in garlic butter sauce.

Quick Information

Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 12.5%
Current Stock: 10
BIN: BTL-0473
Style: White
Vegetarian: Yes
Vegan: Yes
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Essex, England

Essex may be the best site for still wine grapes in England. The vineyards are concentrated in the Crouch Valley which is one of the driest and warmest parts of the UK.

Many of the vineyard sell their grapes rather than make their own wines, so often you may not be aware that the wine you are drinking is using grapes from Essex.

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Chardonnay

One of the world’s most popular grapes, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, sparkling Blanc de Blancs to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak.

Depending on how ripe the grapes get, the flavour ranges from crisp, clean citrus and green apple, to ripe peaches and tropical fruit. Notable Chardonnays can be found in France, California, Australia, England, and beyond. 

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Katie and Usmut, Riverview Crouch Valley

The vineyard was established in 2017 by Umut and Katie Yesil. The idea began as a conversation around the kitchen table with Katie’s father Billy (a third-generation arable farmer).

The family converted 11 acres of their arable land into a vineyard. The Crouch Valley offers an incredible grape-growing microclimate, benefitting from its close proximity to the river.