Kent wine producer releases English grape brandy


chapel down brandy

Leading Kent wine producer Chapel Down is releasing an English grape brandy that has been aged in oak barrels for 23 years.

It has been made with Seyval Blanc grapes from the 1991 harvest of the Lamberhurst vineyard in Kent which supplies Chapel Down for its wines.

The spirit was distilled in 1992 by Julian Temperley, a specialist in cider brandy, in Somerset and matured in French oak barrels for 23 years.

Only 2,000 bottles of the Lamberhurst Fine & Rare English Grape Brandy, at 36.7% ABV, have been produced, with a recommended price in retail of £150.

Chapel Down’s managing director, Mark Harvey, said: “This is a magnificent and unique brandy made from one of England’s pioneering vineyards that has exclusively supplied Chapel Down for 20 years.

“Like all good things, it’s taken time, patience and skill to make something of which we are very proud.”

The brandy is described as deliciously restrained with warming aromas of stewed fruit, dark honey and liquorice together with a complex palate of caramelised baked apples, cinnamon and spice and a velvety mouthfeel.

Leading spirits writer Neil Ridley said it was “a brandy that defies categorisation… This has all the hallmarks of a complex armagnac or calvados, but finds its own, genuine personality. Very impressive stuff indeed.”

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