Chapel Down is one of Englandâ€™s most successful wineries, whose first vineyard in Tenterden, Kent, was planted in 1977. It is now the largest UK wine producer, making a range of Champagne-style sparkling wine and aromatic white, red and rosÃ© wines, and has won a plethora of accolades. The Tenterden vineyard is home to its state-of-the-art winery, headed by winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire who gained experience in wineries in Alsace, Champagne and South Africa.
As well as its Tenterden vineyard, it now also has a large vineyard in nearby Aylesford, but it also sources fruit from trusted growers on the South Downs of Sussex, the chalk downlands of Hampshire and other areas in Essex and Kent.Â The 9 hectares at Tenterden are on clay loam over sand on south-facing slopes. Here, the team plants pinot noir (used for the red and rosÃ© as well as sparkling wines), pinot blanc, chardonnay and bacchus, a relatively new grape variety perfectly suited to English viticulture, some of which has been planted there since 1987.
â€˜The Spirit of Chapel Down' spirits are packaged in an elegant, custom-made 70cl glass bottle which links back to the two production processes; distillation and winemaking. The bottom half of the bottle reflects a cut-glass crystal decanter and the frosted top half of the bottle denotes the classic shape of a wine bottle.
Chapel Down Bacchus Gin brings together winemaking expertise with modern distillation techniques.Â Created using distilled grape skins from a single vintage year, the spirit has been developed to reflect the delicate flavour profile of the wine varietal.Â The distilled Bacchus grape skins are then infused with juniper, coriander, elderflower, orris, angelica, lavender, orange peel and lemon.
A heady aroma of intense citrus peel, juniper and freshly cut grass leads to an early palate dominated by ripe citrus fruit with a herbal finish.
Chapel Down Bacchus Gin is versatile in an array of classic serves and cocktails.