Rosé, 2013

  Gusbourne Estate

Sparkling Rosé
Rosé

The is the first vintage of this sparkling wine that has been made with a 100% Pinot Noir. 24 months on the lees in a generous, fruit driven style. 2013 a more plentiful vintage than 2012, still cool, but without fewer pressures in the vintage, thanks to it being drier overall. Notes of plum stone, red cherry and wild strawberry, the wine is crisp and dry with great freshness. Whole bunch pressed but fermented without stems.

Contains Sulphites.

About Gusbourne Estate

A new addition to the portfolio, Gusbourne Estate is now rightly considered amongst the very best in the burgeoning English Sparkling Wine world. This pretty estate in Appledore, Kent was bought in 2004 by Andrew Weeber with the sole aim of producing world-class sparkling wine. Supported by a small, dedicated team, precision winemaking, complete ownership of their vineyards and an eye for detail, Gusbourne has quickly earned a reputation for quality, and accolades from some of the industry’s leading critics to boot.

Appellation: England

English wine is revelling in unprecedented growth. As its reputation improves both domestically and abroad, more vineyards are being planted and existing ones grow older, offering the happy combination of scale and quality. Although situated at a perilously high latitude, the effects of global warming appear to be, at least in part, benefiting the English in their attempt to produce wine. While wine has been produced here for a long time, often using Germanic and other cool climate grape varieties, the industry really seems to have found its stride in the production of sparkling wine from the traditional Champagne varieties. Furthermore, the best sites in the south of England are grown on south-facing slopes with chalky soils, not unlike their French counterparts in Champagne, a mere stone throw across the channel.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.