Oastbrook Estate in Sussex has just released its second vintage Sparkling Rosé from 2015, which joins the boutique producer’s Sparkling Rosé 2014 and its still Pinot Gris 2018.
Owner and winemaker America Brewer comments, “Our premium Oastbrook wines offer a special twist on classic blends. This latest English traditional method sparkling is an exceptionally refined rosé, which we are launching just in time for Christmas. Oastbrook’s 2015 bubbles are sophisticated and elegant – perfect for toasting good times with great friends.” Pair Oastbrook Estate Sparkling Rosé 2015 with pan-fried salmon steaks, juicy duck breasts, roast white meats including festive turkey, or a comforting pudding such as raspberry cobbler and lashings of creamy custard. RRP £38.00 and available to buy online from Oastbrook.com.
Aged for seven months in stainless steel before being bottled in 2015, the first tranche of this wine was disgorged in September 2019 with only 8g of dosage per litre. Oastbrook Estate Sparkling Rosé 2015 has spent 40 months on lees. The wine is a deep pink colour and has developed dense notes of a fresh bouquet of red fruit, peach and brioche. With a complex nose and palate, there is a smooth mouthfeel and a long, fresh finish that particularly echoes the red fruit and brioche.
Oastbrook Estate, which neighbours Bodiham Castle in East Sussex is run by America Brewer. In 2013, after returning to England following seven years in Hong Kong, she and her partner Nick bought the estate, which was formerly a Guinness hop farm. America studied Viticulture & Winemaking at Plumpton College and has since planted 4.5 hectares of vineyards growing different varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meurnier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Her first release was Oastbrook’s 2014 Sparkling Rosé.
From spring through to late autumn, Oastbrook Estate is open for vineyard tours for visitors seeking a wine experience, which incorporates a tasting of the wines paired with local cheeses. You can also stay in their vineyard Hobbit house, recently voted the Quirkiest Place To Stay 2019 in the Eviivo Awards. Starting in 2020, Oastbrook will be hosting weddings at the vineyard.