2016 Rosé Brut English Sparkling Wine
|Grapes||Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir|
|Origin||United Kingdom, English Sparkling Wine|
And if you want to splash out, the elegant Rathfinny Wine Estate Rosé would be delicious with the smoked salmon. Fiona Beckett, The Guardian - www.matchingfoodandwine.com (Dec 2019)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
And just in case you were tempted to think that this (the Blanc de Noirs) must be just a one-off, then try the 2016 Sparkling Rosé Brut (£33.95, reduced to £31.75 each, case price). It has a steely 20% chardonnay in its mix and, while this wine is genuinely rosé in colour, the palate is stern and linear, and the mouth-watering, percussive acidity drags the palate out to a staggeringly long finish.Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek (Jun 2019)
This is a great follow-up to the remarkably tasty inaugural 2015 release. Again its pert strawberry fruit dominates the mouth - not tart but with great cut and push. This pretty pink is light on its toes and has the sort of dancing, crisp pep that keeps it juicy and hard to resist. It is no wonder this smart new vintage is now the 'house-pour' at the Ritz in London. L&S (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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