Golden Harvest from Kent

Golden Harvest was inspired by a memorable and moving road trip to the Royal County of Kent, also known as the “Garden of England”. It was late afternoon in autumn, John Keat’s “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. The sun was beginning to set over the gently rolling English hills creating the most glorious golden light. This dappled, honeyed light, shone through the ancient Oak and Lime trees as I drove down a winding country lane. It was harvest time and the air was thick with the scent of wheat fields freshly cut, fruits filled with “ripeness to the core” and newly turned earth from the ‘half-reap’d furrow”. My senses took in the green and golden hues, the deliciously fresh and airy scents mixed with mossy, earthy aromas.

This magical journey ended at a vineyard where the last of the evening sun was setting over the valley, whose slopes were lined with row after row of lush green vines. The vines were loaded and blessed with plump, ripe grapes, full of sweet, concentrated juice. The landscape, light and aromas were intoxicating.

A glass of chilled English Fizz served in a fine crystal flute was the culmination of this inspiring journey and a memory was carved for years to come of that perfect autumn day.

English Grapes - Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Grapes are one of the most powerful anti-oxidant in the plant world, helping to promote clean, bright healthy skin. Selfheal is a herb found in Britain and has a long history of medicinal use, and traditionally the leaves are applied to skin to promote healing and rehydration.

Britain in a Bottle Noble Isle sources three grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir from Canterbury vines at Simpson’s Wine Estate. Established by a British family with 15 years of winemaking experience in France, they have brought their savoir-faire back to Britain in order to create wines of great provenance and integrity, firmly rooted in the characteristics and exquisite nuances of their terroir. The grapes are carefully harvested from vineyards, which 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 chalky soils so highly revered in the world of sparkling wine.

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