Despite boasting only a short history (the 2006 was their first release) Gusbourne Estate vineyards have notched up quite a reputation, winning awards along the way. The vineyard is at Appledore in Kent, roughly mid-way between Ashford and Rye. Planted with the 'usual' trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the grapes are hand-picked. A small portion of the harvest is fermented in oak, but most of it takes place in stainless-steel before the second fermentation in bottle. The wines are aged on their lees for a minimum of 22 months before dégorgement.
Gusbourne have been presented with the Producer Trophy for “English Wine Producer of the Year” at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awards dinner held at Guildhall, London. Ben Walgate, CEO of Gusbourne commented, “Our wines are terroir-driven, understated and with a minerality and saline character that sets them apart. For us it is the detail that matters; from the meticulous pressing of our fruit, through the blending process, to post disgorgement ageing. Receiving this trophy is a very proud moment for the Gusbourne team and is yet another highlight in what has been an extraordinary year for us.” The IWSC trophy completes a record year at international competitions, with Gusbourne having received seven gold medals in total. In terms of awards 2015 has been the most successful year for the Estate to date. International Wine & Spirit Competition (Dec 2015)