Gusbourne launch range of still wines in ‘exceptional year’

Gusbourne Estate in Kent has launched a range of new still wines from a ‘truly exceptional year’.

It said: “At Gusbourne, we only make still wines in truly exceptional years. These special wines are produced in very limited quantities. Exclusively crafted from grapes selected from our own vineyards, they embody our uniquely single-minded approach to creating the finest English wine. 

“This year, we have released new vintages of our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Guinevere, with new additions to the collection – an 809 clone Chardonnay and a Barrel Selection Pinot Noir due for release soon, alongside our latest Cherry Garden Rosé.”

The Cherry Garden Rosé will be the second vintage of still rosé that the winemaker has produced at Gusbourne, the first debuting last year from the 2018 harvest.

It is crafted from specially selected parcels of Pinot Noir, all from its Cherry Garden vineyard in Kent. Attractively light and pale, the nose is dominated by wild strawberry and stone fruit, complemented by subtle hints of floral violets and wildflowers. The Cherry Garden Rosé 2019 will be released later this spring, priced at £25 a bottle.

Meanwhile, its Pinot Noir 2018 is soft, yet rich and clean, showing all the classic aromas of ripe strawberry, morello cherry and earthy spiciness. This wine will be first allocated to Gusbourne Reserved customers and then made available for purchase from our cellar door, The Nest, as well as a selection of on-trade listings. This week for the first time, Gusbourne has also made its Pinot Noir 2018 (£35 a bottle) available for a limited online release.

Finally, it is also releasing a single-vineyard Chardonnay, priced at £25, that is produced from the 809 ‘musque’ Chardonnay clone. This is the first crop of this clonal variety that Gusbourne has used in its wine since it was planted in the Bottom Camp vineyard in Kent during 2015. Chardonnay 809 2018 displays a truly interesting and unique profile of flavours more commonly associated with the Muscat grape.

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