insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 77

HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL | SPA | GOLF Princes Parade | Hythe | Kent | CT21 6AE Orange Wines BY MARTIN DEADMAN Something new? Well, actually it is quite old, aka, skin-contact wines. Made by small, dedicated producers, their fame is spreading. I love skin-contact wines! They offer something different in terms of the experience of the wine. They can be wholesome and nourishing, whilst unveiling textural complexity and subtle tonal shifts. Orange wines are named so because of their colour rather than their contents. They are white wines made using the same principles and methods as red wines. The skins are left on, producing tannins and leaving the wine spicier, herbier and drier than most. Interestingly, if you taste the wines blind and at different temperatures you may mistake them for red wines. Skin-contact wines may be made in various ways. Some growers will destem the grapes, whilst others prefer to use whole bunches. Some vinify in a slow oxidative fashion, others use carbonic maceration. Oak, clay or cement are preferred mediums to ferment and age. Macerations may range anywhere from three days to two years! We stock quite a few orange wines here at The Bull and do two by the glass for you to try. Since 2007, Martin Deadman has transformed The Bull Hotel in Wrotham into one of Kent’s most high-profile restaurants with 2AA Rosettes and a listing in The Michelin Guide 2017. The English restaurant menu or the authentic smokehouse bar menu plus the 180-bottle wine list and the exclusive selection of craft beers are definitely worth the trip to Wrotham. Champagne Bar at the Hythe Imperial Champagne lovers are invited to recline in this paradise of a bar, overlooking breathtaking views of the seafront, whilst savouring a glass of “the champagne of successand glamour since 1743”. This Moët & Chandon Bar really is a treat, and an absolute favourite with guests with a taste for the finer things in life. If you’re peckish we also serve a selection of delicious tapas paired with champagne. The Bull Hotel, Bull Lane, Wrotham, Kent TN15 7RF www.thebullhotel.com | 01732 789 800 Visit us or call to book a table on 01303 267 441 77