|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier|
|Origin||United Kingdom, England|
|Classification||English Sparkling Wine|
Like the 2016 Rosé this new cuvée from the young Rathfinny Eestate has been put on the list as a 'by the glass pour' at the Ritz in London. And its no surprise. This is a terribly assured release - a gentle power holds your attention there is delicious crisp edged fruit, crunchy Cox apple, firm strawberry. A refreshing but deep feel of cherry and raspberry flesh lifted neatly by dobs of good clean citrus acidity. Power and juice - a smart and confident feel makes this a very impressive indeed. L&S (Jun 2019)
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This wine is made from 65% pinot noir grapes and 35% pinot meunier, making it a fascinating “white from red” tipple – even my fading eyesight can spot that there is a lot of red fruit in this sparkler because it is ever so slightly pink. This terrific, pale hue catches you unawares and then you are hit with the double-whammy of a haunting cherry-skin nose and a silky, hedgerow-kissed palate, which confounds the senses.
What is going on here? I can tell you that, although this wine seems to be intentionally playing tricks with your mind, it is also utterly delicious and drinking perfectly already.Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek(Jun 2019)
In 2018, the Sussex estate of Rathfinny launched its first two sparkling wines from an ambitious project started in 2010. Following a successful career in the city, owner Mark Driver and his wife Sarah, set about building from scratch a world-beating wine estate. They have not flinched from this ambition and have patiently waited 8 years to release there first sparklers.
Located on chalk rich soils in a perfect basin near the sea in Sussex's South Downs it is an ideal spot. With a great team put in place and a long-term vision all is auguring well for the realisation of the Drivers' dream.
In 2019 we have seen the second releases and there is a huge amount to admire. Poised, intense and seriously drinkable wines from this very convincing set up.
A superb new edition to our burgeoning selection of English greats and located in the South Downs of Sussex between Brighton and Eastbourne, Rathfinny sets its sights confidently from the start. Right now there are 185 acres of vines but a further 215 acres are to be planted by 2021.
(The photo sequence shows a year in the Rathfinny vineyard.)
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